The police on Thursday arrested a forest officer’s son for mowing down two people in a hit-and-run in Kota. The accused was later released on bail.
The accused, 30-year-old Rahul Singh Rathore, was speeding and mowed down two persons on a bicycle on May 2 around 12.12 am.
Investigating officer and sub-inspector of accident police station, Kota City, Ramdayal Nagar said that the accused was arrested on Thursday under section 289 (rash driving) and 304A (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC. However, the accused was granted bail as it’s a bailable offence, he said.
The police have recovered the car involved in the hit-and-run.
On Wednesday, the police had said that the car belonged to the assistant conservator of forest, Territorial, Kota, Jai Singh Rathore. The police on Thursday clarified that the car is registered in the accused’s younger brother, Raj Singh Rathore’s name.
Asked if the accused was drunk, Ramdayal said that the accused was not and has said that the accident took place when he lost control of the car while trying to pick up his mobile, which had fallen down in the car. The accused has also said that he sped away after the accident as he was scared that the public would beat him up.
“The police will soon file a chargesheet against the accused,” he said.
The case incident came to light on Wednesday when the police recovered the CCTV footage, which showed a speeding car hitting two persons on a bicycle on Kotri road.
The person riding pillion— identified as Ravi Kumar (32) — died on the spot, while the person riding the bicycle —Anwar Hussain (70) — was taken to a hospital in Kota where he died on May 4.
The victims worked as labourers with a wedding caterer and were returning from a ceremony in Nayapura area of Kota City when the incident took place.
Clarifying about the delay in arresting the accused, Ramdayal said that since the car did not have a number plate on it and there were no eyewitnesses who had seen the driver, it was difficult for the police to trace the car.