Hundreds of city residents marched with candles on the Rahagiri route on Sunday morning, demanding justice for 43-year-old Jatin Virmani who was killed in a road accident on November 3.
The march was led by Virmani’s wife Vandana and father Som Nath. The family of the victim has been demanding a fast and fair trial by the police. They have also urged the authorities to register a case under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against Yadav instead of 304A (death by negligence).
“We have only one demand - justice for Jatin. We want a fair and fast investigation in the case. The culprit should be punished,” said Vandana, the wife of the deceased.
The 1.3-kilometre march began at around 7 in the morning from Courtyard by Marriott in Sushant Lok and ended at Galleria market in DLF Phase 4. Supporters were seen carrying banners displaying slogans - punish the culprit and rash driving kills. After reaching Galleria market, people placed candles around a fountain built in the centre of the complex. They also observed a minute’s silence praying for Jatin, who was also the sole bread earner for the family.
“He was a close friend of mine and it is shocking to hear that the culprit is out on bail. We all are here to seek justice for Jatin and his family. The police and the government need to take strict action in such cases when the driver is drunk,” said Shashi Kapoor, a friend of Jatin.
Virmani’s car was hit by a speeding vehicle that was being driven by 23-year-old Rahul Yadav, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
“There is evidence, including CCTV footage of the incident where one can see the speeding car. The police is not considering the footage and has booked the culprit under bailable sections,” said Som Nath, Jatin Virmani’s father.
On the day of the accident, Yadav’s speeding car hit the divider on the Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway and then flew to the other side and hit Jatin’s car, killing him on the spot. Jatin was accompanied by his 35-year-old business partner, who escaped unhurt and registered a complaint against Yadav. The police booked him under Section 304A (rash driving causing death). Rahul was granted bail by a local court where he surrendered on Tuesday, a week after the incident.