Ac­cused says he tried to help Uber driver

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

The cab­bie was at the Aurobindo Marg-Outer Ring Road in­ter­sec­tion when the BMW X5 hur­tled in from the di­rec­tion of Panchsheel Park. Eye­wit­nesses said such was the im­pact of the crash that the Wagon R spun on its axis twice be­fore com­ing to a halt. Is­lam’s head hit the steer­ing wheel and he fell un­con­scious.

“When peo­ple gathered around both ve­hi­cles, the BMW driver stepped out of his car and en­quired whether the cab driver was okay. He then im­me­di­ately left the spot,” said Mo­ham­mad Mukhtar, who owns a shop nearby.

“When we pulled Is­lam out of the car, he had no vis­i­ble in­juries but was not re­spond­ing. Apasserby even tried ap­ply­ing CPR on him, but he lay still,” says Mukhtar.

A passerby took the cab­bie to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in his car. He was de­clared dead on ar­riv- al by the doc­tors.

It was found that Is­lam had dropped a pas­sen­ger at a restau­rant near Shah­pur Jat and was wait­ing for another call when the BMW hit it. Lo­cals Eye­wit­nesses said the im­pact was such that the WagonR driven by Nazrul Is­lam (right) spun on its axis twice be­fore com­ing to a halt; BMW driver Shoaib Kohli has been ar­rested said cops in­formed Is­lam’s fam­ily in Gur­gaon about the tragedy af­ter reach­ing the hos­pi­tal. The body was, mean­while, sent for an au­topsy.

Later, lo­cals said another SUV driven by a woman rammed the BMW car that had been left on the road af­ter the ac­ci­dent. Though no one was in­jured, both cars were dam­aged in the sec­ond crash.

Po­lice said the BMW, which costs up­ward of Rs 70 lakh, was reg­is­tered in Chandi­garh in the name of a woman. In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that his son, Shoaib Kohli, 24, was driv­ing the car, head­ing to a friend’s house in Vas­ant Vi­har.

Kohli told po­lice that the cab had sud­denly slowed down and could not con­trol the BMW, which was at high speed. Kohli said he had tried to en­quire about Is­lam’s con­di­tion, but the an­gry crowd started threat­en­ing him.

“We have ar­rested the driver and reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 304 A (caus­ing death due to neg­li­gence) and 279 IPC (rash and neg­li­gent driv­ing) against him,” said Chin­moy Biswal, ad­di­tional DCP, south.


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