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Blueline victim was about to leave Delhi

Vikas Batra, who was killed by a Blueline bus, was planning to shift base to Solan, Himachal Pradesh in a few days, reports Vijaita Singh.
Hindustan Times | By Vijaita Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2008 01:03 AM IST

36 year-old Vikas Batra, who was killed by a Blueline bus on Wednesday at the Moolchand underpass, was planning to shift base to Solan in Himachal Pradesh in a few days. Batra, a designer, was on his way to deliver a consignment of printing material to his client in Lajpat Nagar when a speeding Blueline bus hit his scooter.

Batra had recently started his own business of printing press and had made all the arrangements to open a printing press in Solan in Himachal Pradesh.

"He told me he wanted to own a business of his own so he was exploring new opportunities out of Delhi. He had even arranged a buyer for his flat to raise funds," said a friend of Batra. Batra lived with his family in Pitampura.

A postmortem was conducted at AIIMS on Thursday and his body was handed over to his family who cremated him later in the evening. He is survived by his wife Rajni, a schoolteacher and two minor daughters.

A case of rash and negligent driving was registered against bus driver Balwant Singh and he was arrested on Wednesday soon after the incident.

In 2007, 120 persons were killed by Blueline buses.

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