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Delhi: Homeless man run over by DPS student still remains nameless

More than 30 hours after an 18-year-old student of Delhi Public School at Mathura Road allegedly ran over four homeless men in north Delhi, the deceased remains unidentified.

delhi Updated: Apr 22, 2017 11:29 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times
DPS student accident,Homeless in Delhi,Kashmere Gate
The pavement where a Hyundai i20 car ran over four people, killing one of them, near Kashmere Gate in north Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

More than 30 hours after an 18-year-old student of Delhi Public School at Mathura Road allegedly ran over four homeless men in north Delhi, the deceased remains unidentified.

One person was killed and three injured in the accident in which a Class 12 student drove over the men sleeping on a pavement near Nigam Bodh Ghat crematorium. Police said the deceased had no identification papers on him and neither do the injured know anything about him. He was probably sleeping on the pavement in that area for the first time, police said.

One of the injured named Karan was discharged from the hospital on Thursday night. He or another injured, Sanjay, could not tell the police anything about the deceased though he slept next to them on the pavement that morning. They even failed to identify his face when shown his photograph.

The police at Kashmere Gate have now constituted three teams to look for clues to identify the deceased as early as possible. His body has been preserved at the Subzi Mandi mortuary. Police officials say they will keep the body for at least next 72 hours or longer, if required.

“Karan claimed that he had not seen the deceased before. Even Sanjay was clueless about his identity. The third injured homeless, Asif, is still unfit for statement. His condition continues to be critical,” said Jatin Narwal, deputy commissioner of police (north).

Some investigators believe that the homeless man, who died in the accident, was a new face among pavement dwellers around the Yamuna Bazaar Hanuman Temple and Nigam Bodh Ghat crematorium.

“The photographs of the deceased have been shown to as many as 300 pavement dwellers who stay put in those localities. But nobody was able to identify him. There is a possibility that the man had recently shifted in that area and probably he was sleeping on the pavement for the first night,” said Narwal.

Officials said that they will extend their operation to identify the deceased to other areas in north Delhi, such as Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi railway station and Kashmere Gate interstate bus terminal. “If required, we will show his photographs to vagabonds and homeless living in shelter homes and on pavements across the city,” an officer said.

The areas around Kashmere Gate, Yamuna Bazar and Chandni Chowk have over a dozen night shelters for the homeless.

However, lack of basic facilities such as drinking water, blistering heat inside portable cabins and lawlessness forces them to choose pavements over those shelters. Chugh was driving an i20 car at more than 100 kmph when he lost control and the car climbed onto one such pavement.

The medical and forensic examination reports of the errant driver, Samarth Chugh, are still awaited. The police will know from the reports if Chugh was driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said Chugh, who turned 18 in March this year, was driving without a licence.

Chugh’s blood sample was taken after he was caught at the accident spot and later arrested for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash driving. He was produced before a city court that sent him to jail till May 4.

First Published: Apr 21, 2017 11:47 IST