Delhi: teary farewell to dead biker Karan Pandey
The teenaged biker who was killed in police firing days ago was cremated on Tuesday in Malviya Nagar.
Nineteen-year-old Karan Pandey's body had earlier been handed over to his family members after a post-mortem by a panel of three doctors at the Maulana Azad Medical College.
The body was taken to his home in Khirki Extension in south Delhi and later taken to the cremation ground where his last rites were performed. Over 100 people, including his family members, friends and neighbours, attended the cremation.
Karan's friends carried placards protesting the alleged police firing. His grief-stricken mother rubbished the police's theory and demanded a CBI probe into her son's death.
"I want a CBI inquiry because I do not believe in the investigation so far. Even if my son was involved in a mild offence, he was not a terrorist who had to be gunned down," said Manju Pandey, who demanded the immediate arrest of the police inspector.
She said his friends had asked her son to get out of his house at midnight without her knowledge. "I want authorities to probe this, too," she said.
Karan befriended Puneet Sharma a few months ago, a neighbour said. "Karan didn't have any bad habit. Though he liked speed, he couldn't perform stunts on bikes. He didn't even know how to drive a bike," said Dhruv, a common friend of Karan and Puneet.
"A month ago, Karan invited us to his birthday party. Many of us got drunk, but Karan refused to drink," another friend, who did not wish to be named, said.
Karan's neighbours said that among his other friends, Karan was close to Ashu and they would spend much of their time together. Ashu broke into tears and became inconsolable as soon as Karan's body arrived outside his home. He said that late on Saturday, Karan had refused to go for a drive to PVR Saket in his car with four of their friends.
"We had asked him to come with us but he refused, saying he was thinking of going out with Puneet on his motorcycle. I had warned him because we knew Puneet drove too fast. He had agreed that he won't go with Puneet. But we didn't know he lied, a lie that cost him his life," said Ashu.