Ashiana Public School director’s son killed in P’kula road accident

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 13:20 IST
Mangled remains of the cycle that was being ridden by victim Ajay Gupta and the car that hit it in Panchkula. (Sant Arora/HT )

Out to exercise on his bicycle on Saturday morning, a 45-year-old man died after being hit by a speeding car near the Bella Vista roundabout (Sector 2/5) in Panchkula.

Victim Ajay Gupta is the son of Lalita Prakash, the director of Ashiana Public School in Sector 9, Chandigarh. An event manager based in Delhi, he used to seldom visit his parents, who also reside at Sector 9. Every morning, he used to cycle for around 25 km, said his mother.

The Panchkula police said when Gupta was crossing the Bella Vista roundabout around 7:45am, a Honda City car, being driven by an army doctor, hit him from the rear. Cops said the car was speeding and dragged the victim over some distance.

The car owner, Dr Sunil who works at the Command Hospital, Chandmandir, took Gupta to the Sector-6 hospital, where he was declared brought dead. After that, Dr Sunil fled leaving his car behind, said cops.

The accused, who hails from Gurgaon, was arrested at night. Cops claimed the proceedings were delayed as the victim’s family refused to be complainants in the case, as they were not present at the spot. Finally, a police personnel became the complainant.

“We have booked a case of rash driving and causing death by negligence against Dr Sunil. His car and the victim’s cycle have been impounded,” said Sector-5 station house officer (SHO) inspector Lalit Kumar.

Mother’s ordeal

The victim’s mother, Lalita Prakash, said he used to return home after cycling around 9am. “When he didn’t return till 9:30am, I called on his phone. A cop picked it up and told me to reach the Sector-6 police post in Panchkula, as my son had met with an accident,” she said.

Lalita immediately rushed to the police post, from where she was directed to the general hospital. “I searched the whole hospital, but couldn’t find my son. I again went to the police post, from where I was directed to the Sector-5 police station,” she said.

At the police station, she again called up on her son’s phone around 11:30am. Only then she was informed that he had died and his body had been shifted to the mortuary of the hospital.

Her husband, Chander Prakash, who had left for Delhi on the morning Shatabdi returned after receiving the news. Her elder son, Uday, lives in the US.

Son’s first b’day next month

Ajay Gupta, who got married in 2011, was to celebrate his son’s first birthday next month. Both his wife and son were in Delhi when the accident took place.

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