Cabbie knocks down ice-cream vendor in capital, abandons him on footpath
In yet another shocking act of criminal apathy on the capital’s road, a man allegedly rammed his vehicle into an ice-cream seller in Gole Market area and later dumped his body on the pretext of taking him to a hospital.
According to police, the accused, identified as a cab driver, knocked down an ice-cream vendor and dumped the 59-year-old Amritlal at a deserted location some distance away from the incident site.
The incident took place at about 11.30 pm on August 9 when Amritlal was on the way to his house at Kalibari.
Eyewitnesses said that Amritlal had parked his ice-cream cart at a godown at around 11.15 pm and was crossing the Bhai Veer Singh Marg, when a speeding Innova car (DL 1YC 8392) knocked him down.
The driver, Surjit Kumar, dragged the man for a few metres, they said, adding that two other men were sitting in the car when the incident happened. Locals immediately rushed to the accident site and tried to pull out the trio, but they pacified the mob by offering to take Amritlal to a hospital.
Amritlal’s family members and police from Mandir Marg police station looked for him at five hospitals in central Delhi through the night. But after six hours of search, they found Amritlal’s body near Peshwa Road.
He was taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College where doctors declared him brought dead. Doctors who performed autopsy said he had died out of excessive bleeding from injuries on his head and chest.
A manhunt was launched, following which Surjit was arrested from Arambagh in central Delhi.
Police said that Surjit has admitted to dumping the dying man instead of taking him to hospital.
“It is very unfortunate that he pretended to take the victim to hospital but abandoned him on the footpath. After registering the case, we acted swiftly and arrested Surjeet on Thursday,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said.
Recently, a hit-and-run case in the Hari Nagar area had taken place, wherein the victim lay bleeding on the road for nearly an hour even as people walked past him.
This incident happened a day after the government said it will soon announce a ‘Good Samaritan Scheme’ under which people will be rewarded for taking victims to hospital and provided legal aid in case they face any problem.
In a similar case, 32-year-old Matbool, a resident of West Bengal, bled to death on Wednesday morning after he was hit by a speeding goods auto-rickshaw driven by a milk distributor in west Delhi's Subhash Nagar area. Matbool was left unattended for over 90 minutes. Even his mobile was stolen by a rickshaw-puller.