Road rage touched new heights of callousness on Wednesday evening, when a group of youngsters in a Tata Safari deliberately ran over a doctor who had dared to protest against their rash driving.
Dr Amit Diwan, a 35-year-old radiologist at a Gurgaon hospital, had barely returned to his house in Sector 10A around 8:15 pm, and was parking his car, when the Tata Safari brushed against his car. Annoyed, he stepped out of his car, and yelled at the departing vehicle.
Far from being contrite, the youngsters in the car were enraged at the doctor's temerity. The driver stopped the vehicle, put it in reverse gear, and roared backwards to knock Dr Diwan down.
The doctor somehow stood up and gripped the rear fender of the Tata Safari, but the driver was past caring. He stepped on the gas and dragged the doctor along for nearly 150 metres till he finally let go.
Dr Diwan is currently in a critical state. Bystanders noticed the doctor writhing in pain on the ground and took him to Kalyani Hospital, where he works. He has been put on ventilator support.
His father BR Diwan said the youths were probably drunk and did not stop there. "They hit their vehicle into a rickshaw injuring two more persons. At this point, one of the tyres of the Tata Safari burst. With a small crowd gathering, the youths ran away leaving behind the vehicle," he said.
"Amit has suffered serious head injuries. He has suffered multiple bone fractures and his right knee cap is shattered," said Dr Subhash Khanna of the hospital. "We have operated upon him and removed blood-clots in his head. But his condition continues to be serious."
Police are yet to make any arrests. "Since the vehicle has a Faridabad registration number, it will take time to get their identity. We will have to contact the registration authority there first," said the investigating officer.