An elderly man on a morning walk was run over by a speeding BMW in east Delhi on Thursday with his family alleging that he bled to death as police did not rush him to hospital promptly.
Angry over the incident, locals rushed to the accident spot and blocked traffic affecting vehicular movement on Vikas Marg and arterial stretches. The traffic movement on the stretch is still disrupted.
Om Dutt Chauhan (62) was taking a walk near the Akshardham chowk when the BMW, which was trying to overtake a motorcycle, hit him at around 6:30 am, a senior police official said. Chauhan resides in nearby Pandav Nagar.
The car, driven by Raman Singhla (27), overturned due to the impact.
There were two others in the car and Raman, son of a Karkardooma-based businessman Baburam Singhla, was arrested. A case of culpable homicide and rash and negligent driving has been registered against him.
Relatives and eyewitnesses alleged that Chauhan was not rushed to hospital by police and he lied bleeding on the spot for about 30 minutes.
The nephew of the deceased Sandeep Chauhan alleged that his uncle was not immediately taken to hospital. "Police took the BMW occupants to police station first and then took my uncle to hospital. If they had taken prompt action, my uncle would have been saved," he claimed.
Rajesh, an eye-witness, also echoed similar views and said Chauhan was conscious and police took 30 minutes to take him to hospital. "He could have been saved if police had taken him to hospital in time," Rajesh added.
Angry locals damaged the BMW, blocked traffic and shouted slogans. Senior police officials, including Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police I B Rani visited the spot and tried to pacify the locals.