A man from Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly has told a Ghaziabad court he was driving the Audi Q7 that collided head-on with an autorickshaw killing four people last week. By evening, he was granted bail on personal bond of ₹20,000 and two sureties of ₹20,000 each.
Ishaaq Ahmad, from Labhera village under Hafizganj police station area of Bareilly, submitted his surrender application through his lawyer on Monday. Ahmad also appeared before the chief judicial magistrate court on Tuesday afternoon.
The police claim that the car belongs to Dr Manish Rawat, a doctor at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and stays at Olive County in Vasundhara. So far, the police have only been able to trace the car owner, Rawat, with the help of documents recovered from the car. However, Rawat has not appeared before the police to assist the investigation. He could not be contacted as his mobile was switched off.
One of his two sureties, on the basis of which Ahmad was granted bail, is from Olive County high rise while the other is from Bareilly.
“Ishaaq has been falsely implicated and there is no eye witness in the case. He called me through a client on January 29 and submitted his surrender application on January 30,” said Nazakat Chaudhary, Ishaaq’s lawyer.
Chaudhary said that even though his client was driving the car during the incident, but he denied that the accident took place due to his error. It could also be due to the fault of the auto driver.
However, after his application, the court sought a report from Indirapuram police station. The investigating officer submitted his report stating that Ahmad was wanted in the case lodged at Indirapuram police station under sections 279 (rash driving), 304a (causing death by negligence) and 427 (causing damages) of the Indian Penal Code. The FIR was lodged against unidentified persons.
“He was considered an accused in the case as he himself stated that he was driving the car during the incident. So, we sent the report considering him as accused,” said Sanath Kumar Mishra, investigating officer.
“No one is ruled out till we file a chargesheet,” said Deepak Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ghaziabad.
So far, no eyewitness has come forward in the case that took place around 12.15am on January 28 at secluded Hindon canal road, Indirapuram near NH-24.
The incident occurred barely a few days after two similar incidents involving speeding high-end vehicles.
Last Friday, a 48-year-old Uber car driver and two passengers were injured when a speeding Range Rover SUV rammed their taxi in north Delhi’s Civil Lines. The driver of the SUV was said to be under the influence of alcohol.
On Sunday, a 32-year-old driver lost his life after a speeding BMW driven by a 24-year-old MNC employee crashed into an Uber cab from behind near IIT in south Delhi.
A road accident takes place every four minutes in India, government data show, and road crashes are the number one killer of young men and women. Almost 97% of the road accidents are caused by rash or negligent driving including drink driving.
The number of people killed in road accidents on national highways shot up from 48,768 in 2012 to 51,204 in 2015, the statistics show.
Last month, the Supreme Court ordered the closure of liquor shops along the highways despite opposition from state governments. The government has brought in a new law to ensure prompt help for road accident victims, easing rules for citizens who come to their aid.