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Rajasthan hit-and-run: Video shows forest officer’s car running over two cyclists

The car belongs to Jai Singh, the assistant conservator of forest, Territorial, but it wasn’t clear who was driving the vehicle

india Updated: May 17, 2017 19:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kota
CCTV footage shows the two men, who worked as labourers, being hit by a speeding grey Skoda.
CCTV footage shows the two men, who worked as labourers, being hit by a speeding grey Skoda.(Screengrab)

Two men on a bicycle were killed when a speeding car which is said to belong to a Rajasthan forest officer, slammed into them earlier this month.

On Wednesday, police accessed CCTV footage of the hit-and-run incident which occurred on May 2.

The footage shows a Skoda car slamming into the bicycle and throwing the cyclist and his pillion rider into the air. The incident happened shortly after midnight.

Ravi Kumar (32), who was riding pillion, died on the spot while 70-year-old Anwar Hussain, who was taken to a hospital in Kota, succumbed to his injuries on May 4.

The driver did not stop after the accident and drove away. The deceased, who were labourers, were returning from a wedding in Nayapura area of Kota.

Sub-inspector, traffic, Ramdayal Nagar probing the case said the car had been identified on the basis of the information gathered from eyewitness and CCTV footage.

“The car did not have number plates so it was initially difficult to trace it. It belongs to a forest officer named Jai Singh,” he said. “The car which is at a service centre will be confiscated soon.”

He said eyewitness could not see the driver so a notice would be served to the car owner to ascertain who was at the wheel when the accident happened.

He said a case had been lodged against unidentified driver under section 289 (rash driving) and 304A (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC.

Jai Singh is posted as an assistant conservator of forest in Kota. He told HT that he did not have any information about the incident and insisted that he does not own a car.

However, he said his elder son who works in the tourism sector in Pushkar, owns a car.

First Published: May 17, 2017 18:30 IST

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