A speeding car ran over a pavement on MG Road near the gurudwara on Wednesday night at around 1.30 am killing a sleeping pavement dweller, then dashing against a number of shops and a SBI ATM counter injuring a night guard sitting there, before veering into the road and hitting another man that resulted in his death. The car then turned turtle injuring those sitting inside the car.
According to area CSP Manoj Rai, the deceased are Ganeshi Lal, a pavement dweller and Nageshwar Tiwari, a priest residing in Avantika Colony, who was on his way to the railway station, while the injured night guard has been identified as Ravi Verma.
CSP Rai said there were six youth in the car, all of them students of BBA at the Ranjit Singh College. The car was being driven by Hafiz, a local lad who owns the car and stays at Indrapuri, while the remaining youth are from Singrauli or Rewa and are staying at Kings Camp Hostel, Bhanwarkuan crossing. Four of the youth who were injured and are recuperating at MY Hospital and Bafna Hospital told the police that Hafiz is a year senior to them at the college.
Wednesday night he had come to their hostel and they had gone to Rajwada where they had some
. While going towards Shastri bridge, Hafiz was driving the car very fast when a motorcycle suddenly came towards them from one of the side roads and in a bid to avoid hitting the motorcycle, Hafiz lost control of the car and the accident took place.
Rai said none of the boys including the driver were drunk at the time of the accident. Those injured are Kunal Choudhary, Shivangsh Mishra, who have been admitted to Bafna hospital and Rohit, Suresh and Amit were taken to the MY Hospital. None of the youth are seriously injured. Cases under Section 279, 337 and 304 A have been registered against the car driver, who has been arrested by the police.
Ravi Verma, the guard who narrowly escaped being killed, said that the deceased pavement dweller, Ganeshilal, had come from Jhansi just two days ago looking for a job. Since he did not have any place to stay, he had been using the pavement for the last two days. Verma said that he was saved because he had stood up from his chair and the car only bruised his knees, otherwise he too would have come under the car.