Delhi: Cars collide, one overturns on homeless; 2 kids dead at Lodhi Road flyover | Delhi News – Times of India
Police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver, Sahil, 27, from Nirman Vihar in east Delhi.
Police said the incident took place around 4.30am when the car, a 530i, coming from Lajpat Nagar side, hit a WagonR on the right as it was crossing the intersection, headed towards Neela Gumbad. The WagonR flipped and fell. Roshni (6) and her brother Amir (10) died while eight people, including four occupants of the WagonR, were injured.
Accident took place during test run, accused tells cops
New Delhi: Following the death of two homeless children sleeping under Lodhi flyover on June 10 after a BMW toppled another vehicle, 27-year-old Sahil, who was at the wheel, has been arrested. One stray dog that lived with the homeless people also died in the accident.
A case was registered on the complaint of 18-year-old Yatin Sharma, a resident of Ghaziabad, who was driving the other car, a WagonR. He told the police he and three friends were coming from Samrat Hotel and going towards Surya Hotel through Lodhi Road when a black car, which was allegedly being driven in a rash manner, hit their car.
Delhi’s roads become death traps after midnight and people remain vulnerable to accidents till 6am. Speeding – besides drunken driving – is one of the main reasons and the homeless sleeping outdoors can become easy prey.
Mohammad Islam, grandfather of the two children who were killed, told TOI that over 30 people were sleeping under the flyover when the WagonR, propelled by the impact of the collision, first rammed a pillar and then injured a husband-wife couple and his son, Mohammad Jahangir. “Amir and Roshni were sleeping next to each other. The car fell on Amir whereas Roshni was dragged by the car,” he said. A PCR call was made and the victims rushed to hospital.
The younger sister of Amir, Khushi, also got trapped under the vehicle but was rescued by her mother, Abida. The other homeless people ran towards the car, which had overturned. “We pulled out the occupants and the police were informed,” Islam recalled.
The family claimed that they have lived under the flyover for several years. Jahangir, the father of the children, works as a waiter and sometimes pulls a rickshaw to earn a livelihood.
Deputy commissioner of police (south-east) Esha Pandey said they scanned the footage from about 60-70 cameras installed in the area. In one of the cameras, she said, they found that the BMW had turned towards Neela Gumbad after the accident to get away from the spot.
“After analysing CCTV footage from more than a hundred cameras, the car was identified. It was found to be registered in the name of a person staying at Krishna Nagar in east Delhi,” she said. The owner told the cops that he had given his car to his nephew, Sahil, to get it serviced at a workshop in Noida.
Sahil, who runs a garment manufacturing business in Noida, was arrested from his residence at Nirman Vihar and the car seized from the repair centre. “Sahil revealed that he, along with his uncle, was coming from IGI Airport and he was driving the car. The car had been purchased recently and he was doing a test run, checking out its speed. That’s when the accident happened,” the DCP said.