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Why no punishment for abandoning victims to die?

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2010 23:35 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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Shahid Khan (25), a medical student who reportedly ran over four people and grievously injured four others allegedly in a drunken state, never cared to rush the injured people to hospital.

Khan, who was driving the car, with two others, fled from the scene after abandoning the victims. The other two were allegedly too drunk to help anyone.

Police said Khan, son of an Alwar based builder, has been booked under rash and negligent driving and death due to negligence.

In absence of any law that tries people for abandoning accident victims, Khan would be a free man within two years if the charges against him were found to be true. He is still on the run.

Drunken drivers are involved in one in every five accidents reported in Delhi.

Criminal lawyer Pinki Anand said, “Section 304 A (causing death due to negligence) is fairly outdated law. It does not deal with major road accidents, killing of children, major hurt and deformations.”

“It is not serving any sufficient deterrence to people who run away after killing someone.”

In June this year, a mother of three was killed when the son of a rich politician, who was driving a convertible Mercedes, hit a taxi she was in on Africa Avenue Marg in south Delhi. The accused, Dinesh Singh Tanwar (26), fled the scene, leaving behind the accident victim to bleed to death.

Similar to Sanjeev Nanda case

The incident bears resemblance to the Sanjeev Nanda case in 2001 when the son of an industrialist in a drunken state run over six persons, including three policemen on Bhishma Pitamah Marg.

Monday’s accident took place on the Safdarjung flyover, barely two kilometres from the 2001 accident site.