Man driven around on car’s roof for 6km on Ghazi­abad roads

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - 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-seven kilo­me­tres near Sahibabad on Thurs­day evening. Stat­ing that the man who drove him around has been ar­rested, the po­lice said the in­ci­dent was the reper­cus­sion of a road rage case, wherein 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 who is 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.

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