In a case of rash driving, the police arrested a student of a private university for allegedly running his car over a 68-year-old man in Sector 23 on Friday afternoon.
Kavish Khanna, who studies in NorthCap University (NCU) and is from Old Faridabad, was driving his car at 110kmph on the wrong side of the road, eyewitnesses said.
He ran the four-wheeler over NCU’s chief security officer Saifuddin Mohammed, who was on a motorbike, the police said. The accident took place a kilometre from the university.
The impact of the collision was such that Mohammed, who was returning to the university from a mosque nearby, was thrown into the air and hit a tree, eye witnesses said.
“The student was speeding on the wrong side. He lost control of the vehicle and instead of applying the brakes, he accelerated,” Mamta Devi, a vegetable seller present at the accident spot, said.
Khanna hailed an autorickshaw and rushed Mohammed to a nearby private hospital. Mohammed had a helmet on, but succumbed to serious head injuries early Saturday.
“There were multiple injuries all over the body, including the head, chest and abdomen, which led to his death. His chest was fractured and there was excessive bleeding,” Dr Deepak Mathur, forensic expert of the Gurgaon Civil Hospital, said. The body was handed over to the family on Saturday afternoon after a post-mortem examination.
Students informed the Palam Vihar police, who impounded the Khanna’s car and Mohammed’s bike. The police produced Khanna in a city court, which sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody.
Mohammed’s family — four daughters and a 32-year-old son — alleged that Khanna killed him intentionally as he complained about him to the university management.
“I received a call around 2:15pm that my father was hospitalised and was critical. He met with an accident when he was returning from the mosque,” Firoz, Mohammed’s son, said.
The police booked Khanna under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicle Act.
Mohammed was the chief security officer of NCU for 11 years. He also served in the 15 Rajputana Rifles and the Defence Security Corps (DSC). He lived with his family at Sadh Nagar in Delhi’s Palam Colony.
A spokesperson of the NCU said the university will support Mohammed’s family. “The NorthCap University stands with the family of Mohammed in this hour of grief. The faculty, staff and students extend their condolences. They will collect a sum for the family as a token of support and solidarity. The university representatives met the family. A prayer meeting was held today morning (Saturday) on the campus. The student responsible for this tragic incident is in police custody” the spokesperson said.