Road rage: Man drives for 6km with 35-year-old on roof

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Punjab/u'khand - Peeyush Khan­del­wal peeyush.khan­del­wal@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■ ■

GHAZI­ABAD: A pur­chase man­ager of a Gu­ru­gram ex­port house had a close shave when he was al­legedly driven around on the roof of a car for around six kilo­me­tres near Sahibabad on Thurs­day evening. Stat­ing that the man who drove him around has been ar­rested, the po­lice said the in­ci­dent was the re­sult of a road rage case, when the vic­tim had tried to stop the ac­cused’s car af­ter it hit his car.

The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on mo­bile phones by on­look­ers who chased the Zen Estilo car the ac­cused was driv­ing with the vic­tim – 35-year-old Ra­jesh Di­wan, a res­i­dent of Pi­ta­m­pura in Delhi — cling­ing on to the roof of the car while hold­ing on to the front win­dows.

Po­lice said the ac­cused, Bhuwan Ku­mar Sharma (30), works as a le­gal prac­ti­tioner and is a res­i­dent of Raj Na­gar Ex­ten­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Di­wan, the in­ci­dent took place around 7pm on Thurs­day. Re­call­ing his neardeath ex­pe­ri­ence, he claimed, “I had come to Ghazi­abad to meet a friend and was wait­ing at a traf­fic sig­nal in Sahibabad. The ac­cused ar­rived in his car and banged my Swift Dzire from the rear. The ac­cused started to re­verse and flee. When I came out of the car and tried to stop him, he abused me and fled. I then de­cided to give chase, and soon, near Raj Na­gar Ex­ten­sion, I over­took his car.”

Di­wan said the scuf­fle turned ugly when he stood in front of Sharma’s car and asked him to stop.

“In­stead, Sharma ac­cel­er­ated and tried to mow me down. I climbed to the bon­net of his car but he con­tin­ued to drive for­ward. In or­der to save my­self, I climbed on to the roof of his car where I lay hold­ing the win­dows. But he kept driv­ing at a speed of 80kmph and above. I started shout­ing, hop­ing he may stop and also firmed up my grip on the up­per panel of the door. He drove around va­cant roads in the vicin­ity and com­muters on mo­tor­cy­cles and cars chased us to have a look,” Di­wan claimed.

Mean­while, a group of com­muters chased the speed­ing car while it raced on the Raj Na­gar Ex­ten­sion Road to­wards GT Road. Di­wan said he al­legedly banged his knees re­peat­edly on the wind­screen in or­der to per­suade the ac­cused to stop his car.

“But he would not stop and kept driv­ing at a high speed. He even shut the win­dow panes so that I with­draw my grip of pain but I did not. He told me that he was upset as his mother was un­well. All this time, the com­muters fol­lowed us and made videos. One of the com­muters also gave me the videos later,” Di­wan al­leged.“in be­tween, the ac­cused car driver also took sharp turns so that I lose my grip. The speed was high and I would have died had my grip not been se­cure,” he fur­ther al­leged.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the car came to a halt near the Meerut cross­ing due to a traf­fic jam.

The on­look­ers pulled Sharma out of the car and beat him up him be­fore hand­ing him over to the po­lice.

Di­wan al­leged that he ap­proached the lo­cal po­lice but they sent him to the Sahibabad po­lice sta­tion un­der whose ju­ris­dic­tion the in­ci­dent had ini­tially started. An FIR per­tain­ing to the in­ci­dent was reg­is­tered around 12.44am on Novem­ber 9.

Di­nesh Ya­dav, sta­tion house of­fi­cer, Sahibabad po­lice sta­tion, said, “We lodged an FIR against the ac­cused, Bhuwan Ku­mar Sharma, and ar­rested him. Sharma al­legedly drove the car at a high speed with the vic­tim cling­ing on to the roof. He was nabbed near the Meerut cross­ing area where the car got stuck in traf­fic. He drove the vic­tim on the roof of his car on dif­fer­ent roads for around six-seven kilo­me­ters.”

“The ac­cused has been booked un­der IPC sec­tions for at­tempt to mur­der, rash driv­ing on pub­lic way, caus­ing dam­age and caus­ing hurt by act en­dan­ger­ing life or per­sonal safety of oth­ers,” Ya­dav main­tained.

HT PHOTO

A video grab show­ing the man hang­ing on the roof of the car cling­ing on to the win­dow­panes.

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