The rider Mohammad Umar Sheikh succumbed to his injuries on Monday while his friend is battling for life.(Hindustan Times)
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Delhi teen killed after stunt goes wrong on KTM bike that family gave as gift

Mohammad Umar Sheikh, 15, had been gifted the racing bike by his family only a fortnight ago. He was performing stunts on the bike when he lost control and fell.
By Karn Pratap Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2017 10:17 AM IST

Performing stunts on his new KTM Duke bike claimed life of a 15-year-old boy and left his 19-year-old neighbour critically injured in northeast Delhi’s Shastri Park on Sunday evening.

Police said eyewitnesses told them that the teenager was performing stunts when he lost control and the two fell off. They were taken to a nearby hospital where the rider succumbed to his injuries during treatment on Monday evening.

A police officer said that the boy’s parents had purchased the bike only a fortnight ago. His neighbours told police that a youth in the boy’s neighbourhood had purchased a KTM bike a couple of months, which costs more than Rs 1.5 lakh in India. The boy liked the motorcycle and wanted to get one for himself. He had been requesting his family members to get him a similar racing bike too. And because of his persistence his family got it for him as a gift, said police.

The victim was identified as Mohammad Umar Sheikh. Mohammad Anas, 19, who was seriously injured in the accident is undergoing treatment at the private hospital.

The officer said that Sheikh and Anas left on the motorcycle for a ride on Sunday at around 7.30pm, and they went towards Kashmere Gate side. “They were returning home when Sheikh began performing stunts on the bike that he was driving at a high speed. He lost control and they fell off the bike and suffered serious injuries,” said the officer, adding that an eyewitness informed the police control room about the accident.

Police said Sheikh lived with his family in Chauhan Bangar locality near Seelampur in northeast Delhi. He was a Class 8 student at a private school in northeast Delhi. Sheikh is survived by his parents and three siblings — two brothers and a sister.

Speeding Maruti Swift hits bike

In another accident involving a KTM bike, two youth were critically injured when the bike was hit by a speeding Maruti Swift car in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri on Tuesday night. Locals alleged that the car belonged to a Delhi Police staff and its driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. A police cap and some files with Delhi Police written on them were found inside the car besides an empty alcohol bottle.

A police officer said the driver fled the spot after the accident. Enraged locals vandalised the car and tried to set it on fire. However, a timely action by the local police averted it. A case was registered against the errant car driver and the two vehicles were confiscated.

The injured, identified as Johnny, 25, and Amit, 17, were headed towards their homes in Mangolouri from Shakurpur when the accident took place. The two are undergoing treatment at Safdarjung hospital where they were referred from Bhagwan Mahavir hospital.

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