When Om Dutt Chauhan (62) left home for his usual morning walk—his family did not know that it would be his last.
Minutes after Om Dutt Chauhan left his Pandav Nagar residence with his son Mahesh Chauhan (40), a speeding and out-of-control BMW had rammed into him and crushed him near the Akshardham Temple.
“It all happened in the blink of an eye,” recalls a tearful, but angry Mahesh.
“Even the police saw it. By the time I realised what had happened and turned to the errant driver of the BMW, the police had whisked the car’s occupants away to the police station.”
The car was trying to overtake a bike when it hit a couple of boulders lying on the road.
The car then flipped twice on the road before it rammed and crushed Chauhan against the wall. The car itself was badly damaged. Chauhan’s family was informed about the accident by a friend.
R.S. Negi, an eyewitness who accompanied Chauhan for the walk, said, “We heard some loud noise while walking along the road. The next instant, we saw Chauhan lying on the road and a damaged car near him. The boy who was driving came out of the car in shock. He was also bleeding badly. Police came after half an hour.”
A father of three, Chauhan who retired as a conductor from the DTC, was rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital — but to no avail.
“My father lay on the road for almost two hours and the police did not do anything. He was in his senses for a few minutes after the accident. The police took the driver of the car along with them and left my father there to die,” said Dinesh, 38, Chauhan’s youngest son.
Another morning walker Mahavir Singh Rawat said, “The police is to be blamed for Chauhan’s death. They should have taken him to the hospital first rather than just leaving him on the road. The PCR reached after an hour and the SHO reached there even later.”