Three post-graduate students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) died in an accident inside the varsity campus late on Thursday night, the police said. They were not wearing helmets.
The police said they had reasons to believe that Ravi Shankar Choudhary, Santosh and Ravi Gupta — all final-year Master of Arts (MA) students in the Korean Language from Bihar — were under the influence of alcohol.
But the police shied away from stating anything about their consumption of alcohol on record since their bodies were currently pending post-mortem examination.
“It is a very unfortunate incident and the university is trying to help the parents of the three students. The area where the accident took place was marked as an accident-prone area. The security guards warned the students against driving too fast,” said SK Sopory, ViceChancellor, JNU.
According to the police, the victims were tripling at high speed on a Hero Honda CBZ inside the campus when one of them driving the motorcycle failed to notice a sharp turn near the Vice-Chancellor’s residence and lost control around 3am.
“The bike rammed the pavement and did a complete somersault. All three men on the motorcycle seem to have fallen head-first on the road,” said a police officer.
According to the police, the trio was en route the East-end gate outside the V-C’s residence. The bike belongs to Choudhary and he is suspected to have been driving it at the time of the accident.
Around 2:38 am, a guard deployed in the area informed the control room about a rashly-driven bike moving towards the gate. But by the time the guard could do anything about it, the men were on the street in a pool of blood.
The guard informed the JNU hospital authorities. They were rushed to Safdarjung hospital which referred Santosh to AIIMS Trauma Centre but he was declared dead on arrival.
Ravi and Chaudhary were declared dead too as they had sustained grave head injuries.
The hospital informed the police about the accident and a case of rash and negligent driving causing death was registered at the Vasant Kunj North police station.
Wished for ‘speed and thrills’ on Facebook
The three men who died were racing after an alcohol-fuelled party at the Chandra Baga hostel. Some junior students questioned by the police said there were two other men riding behind them before the accident but the latter lost them due to the sheer speed at which Choudhary was riding.
“On their Facebook account, they had mentioned that they were in the ‘mood for speed and thrills’,” said a police officer.