Delhi accident: 2 killed, 3 hurt as speeding car hits e-rickshaw in Daryaganj
Two people, including a 35-year-old woman, were killed and her husband and two minor children injured after the e-rickshaw they were travelling in was hit by a speeding car near Delite Cinema in central Delhi’s Daryaganj on Monday night, said police.
The car driver who fled the spot after the mishap was chased by a biker, who intercepted the car at a police picket near Jama Masjid--more than a kilometre away from the accident spot. The car driver and another occupant of the car were caught with the help of police personnel deployed at the picket, said police.
The deceased have been identified as Reshma and Tujeeb (41), the e-rickshaw driver. Police said the couple and their two children were going towards Delhi Gate in an e-rickshaw when a speeding white Hyundai Verna hit the vehicle from behind and dragged it onto the walkway outside Delite Cinema around 10.30pm on Monday. The rickshaw was mangled after it crashed into the concrete bollards on the walkway. All the five occupants of the e-rickshaw were critically injured.
“While Reshma and Tujeeb died on the spot, local residents rushed her injured husband and two children to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. All three were unconscious when they reached the hospital. The doctors, however, revived them and saved their lives,” said a police officer, who did not want to be named.
The condition of Reshma’s husband Amzad Khan (40), and their children--a 14-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son--is stable and they are out of danger, said police.
Jasmeet Singh, deputy commissioner of police (central), said, the car driver fled the spot, took a left turn and drove towards Jama Masjid. A biker, who saw the mishap, followed the car. “As the car slowed down at a police picket, the biker intercepted it and brought his vehicle in front of the car, forcing it to halt. The biker alerted the police personnel at the picket about the mishap. The driver and another occupant of the car were caught and brought to the Daryaganj police station along with their vehicle,” said Singh.
“Both the occupants of the car were heavily drunk. We arrested them for rash driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder under IPC Sections 279 and 304. While the car driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, the other man was booked because instead of helping the injured persons, he influenced the driver to flee from the spot,” said Singh.
The arrested have been identified as Basant Kumar, the car driver, and his friend Darshan Lal. Police said both are residents of Bagdola village near Dwarka Sector-8 and car mechanics by profession. “The Verna car involved in the mishap belonged to Kumar’s customer, who had given it to him for repairs. The ownership of the car, whose registration number is of Haryana, is being established,” said the DCP.
Several locals had gathered at the accident spot and outside the hospital after they learnt about the mishap. Police personnel were deployed to ensure law and order, given that the victims and the occupants of the car were from two different religious communities. However, no untoward incident was reported and the locals left after senior police officers assured them of strict action against the culprits.