Cops claim road rage, father claims cold-blooded murder
For the police, it was just another case of road rage on the rough roads of the National Capital. But Akhil Bhargava, who lost his 25-year-old son Kapil, it has now become a fight to get justice for what he believes is a plain case of murder reports Vijaita Singh.india Updated: Jul 08, 2010 23:58 IST
For the police, it was just another case of road rage on the rough roads of the National Capital.
But Akhil Bhargava, who lost his 25-year-old son Kapil, it has now become a fight to get justice for what he believes is a plain case of murder.
Two months after his son was killed, the father claims to have traced an eyewitness who saw his son being run over by a car several times over.
He is now running from pillar to post to prove that his son was murdered. The incident happened on May 15 near DC Chowk at Sector 9 in Rohini when Kapil, who helped his father in their family business, had gone out with one of his friends, said to have been identified as Prateek, for dinner.
“I called him around 10 p.m. and he assured me that he would be home in an hour. When he did not return, we kept calling him but no one responded. Around 3 a.m., a policeman picked up the phone and told me that he was in a critical condition at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital,” said Akhil Bhargava.
Kapil, who had grievous head injuries, slipped into a coma and was shifted to RML Hospital.
On May 18, he succumbed to injuries.
“Police lodged a case and told me that he died in an incident of road rage and was in a car. When we enquired on our own, we found that he had left on his motorcycle. We traced it to Prateek’s house in Pocket H 18 Rohini. Prateek, who was supposed to be with my son on that day, did not call us on the day of incident nor did he come to meet us later,” said Bhargava.
He added that they reported this to the police and Prateek was questioned.
“Prateek told us that some men who were known to Kapil picked up a fight when they were on way home. They beat up Kapil and fled from the scene. Prateek took him to hospital but dumped him outside,” said Chaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer).
“He did not go inside. His life could have been saved had he been admitted in time.
We will book the friend for culpable homicide not amounting to murder,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police said.
The father said 10 days after the incident, someone in the area who was known to his business partner, claimed he had seen Kapil being run over by a car several times over.
“If it was a case of road rage why wasn’t his friend also beaten up? It was a carefully planned murder and now we have an eyewitness as well. Prateek had old enmity with our family but recently my son had developed friendship with him,” said Bhargava.
The police said they would question this eyewitness.