Cops say video shows Delhi biker speeding at 150 kmph, victim’s brother denies

The sport bike accident occurred while 24-year-old Himanshu Bansal was allegedly racing with his friends, Gazi and Lakshay, in central Delhi. He was riding a superbike Benelli TNT that can accelerate up to 200 kmph

delhi Updated: Aug 16, 2017 23:42 IST
Snehal Tripathi
Snehal Tripathi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Himanshu’s Benelli TNT, which was damaged in the accident.

A sports bike rider who died after crashing into a wall in central Delhi on the eve of Independence Day was averaging 150 km per hour at the time of the accident, Delhi Police said on Wednesday. Himanshu (24) would have still been alive if he had not violated traffic rules, they added.

However, the deceased’s brother has denied allegations that he was speeding.

A senior police officer privy to the investigation said the incident occurred while Himanshu was racing with his friends, Gazi and Lakshay. The entire sequence of events was captured in a video shot through Lakshay’s helmet camera.

The chilling footage showed Himanshu speeding ahead of his two friends on his Benelli TNT, a superbike capable of rapid acceleration and achieving speeds close to 200 km per hour. While Gazi and Lakshay slowed down for an auto-rickshaw that emerged before them at one occasion, the victim raced ahead.

When the trio reached the Mandi House Metro station, Himanshu hit an elderly person who was crossing the road. He then lost control over his vehicle, crashing into the boundary wall of the Lady Irwin College.

“The video clearly shows that the deceased was speeding. He also hit a passerby,” the officer said. The elderly man involved in the accident is yet to be identified.

Gazi and Lakshay rushed Himanshu to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. He had suffered critical injuries despite wearing a helmet.

“This is a case of over speeding on public road and negligent riding. The speeding bike of Himanshu hit a person and lost control. All this was recorded in the camera installed in Lakshay’s helmet,” said deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) BK Singh.

Himanshu’s elder brother, Ankush Bansal, denied allegations that the deceased was riding at 150 km per hour at the time of the accident. “Himanshu was riding at around 80 km per hour,” he said. “He lost his life trying to save the old man.”

According to police, Himanshu had gone to Connaught Place with his two friends to discuss a motorcycle trip planned for the next day. The trio wanted to race to Murthal on Tuesday morning, when the roads were expected to be free of traffic on account of Independence Day.

The deceased and his friends used to record their biking experiences through helmet cameras, and share them with each other later.

Himanshu’s family members, who own a utensil-manufacturing business in East Delhi’s Jhilmil Colony, told police that he was a member of a motorcycle club. Though he claimed to be a “confident biker”, they would always warn him against driving rashly.

Police said the accident made Himanshu’s friends aware of the dangers of speeding. Lakshay has reportedly abandoned his superbike and resolved to never indulge in rash driving again.

With inputs from Abhinav Rajput

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 15:42 IST