An inebriated driver knocked down 11 persons in three places in Varanasi, before coming to a stop after hitting a tractor. In his deadly run of half-a-kilometer on Sunday evening, the driver killed three persons and critically injured eight near Varanasi, under Rohania police station.
The police identified the driver of the Maruti car as Raju, a resident of Bithari. They said the vehicle was carrying a passenger Arvind Kesari, a chartered accountant from Sundernagar in Varanasi to Allahabad.
Raju lost control of the car first near Dhanpalpur village, where he hit three cyclists before speeding away. He then knocked down and killed 35-year-old Vijay Shanker Patel of Ramana village, who was returning from a marriage in the Rajatalab area. He went on to hit three more people at the Amra Akhri crossing. The car was finally halted in its macabre journey by a stationary tractor at the Akri village.
The accidents soon brought out people from nearby villages. They fished out Raju and Kesari — both critically injured — from the badly damaged vehicle. Both were shifted to a private hospital. The Rohania police recovered beer bottles from the vehicle.
The victims were taken to a government hospital in Varanasi, where two more of them died.
"A case has been registered against Raju for reckless driving and an investigation has started," Rohania police station officer Abrar Ahmed said.
After the incident, the administration on Monday began a thorough a check of vehicles on the Varanasi-Allahabad road.