Bus driver runs over man, dumps him on foot­path

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: A home­less man died near Sarai Ro­hilla on Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter a bus driver al­legedly ran over him with the ve­hi­cle. He pulled him out from un­der the wheels and then dumped him on the foot­path be­fore flee­ing. By the time po­lice was in­formed and the man was rushed to a hos­pi­tal, he had bled to death.

Po­lice said that the man was sit­ting on the foot­path near Vaishno Mata mandir on Swami Narayan Marg when the in­ci­dent hap­pened. He was right next to the parked bus when the ve­hi­cle started with a jerk, crush­ing the man.

The driver has been booked for cul­pa­ble homi­cide and a man­hunt has been launched to nab him.

The ac­ci­dent was wit­nessed by an­other home­less man, Rishi Pal, who has reg­is­tered his state­ment with po­lice. Pal said that the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 7am. The bus driver was sleep­ing in­side the ve­hi­cle. He woke up, cleaned the bus and then tried to start it. The home­less man had just got up from the foot­path and was step­ping away when the bus jerked for­ward and hit him. The man fell and the left front wheel of the bus ran over him.

As on­look­ers gath­ered on hear­ing the man’s cries, the driver pulled out the man and dumped him on the foot­path be­fore flee­ing with the ve­hi­cle.

Pal said that the man lay bleed­ing on the foot­path as on­look­ers passed by but no one in­formed the po­lice. Fi­nally, Pal man­aged to bor­row a phone and called the cops. He was taken to Bara Hindu Rao hos­pi­tal where he was de­clared dead on ar­rival.

Po­lice said that the vic­tim is about 50 years old and lived on the same foot­path. He begged for alms from vis­i­tors at the nearby tem­ple to sur­vive, and is yet to be iden­ti­fied.

Prima fa­cie, the probe sug­gests that the bus was left in gear. As a re­sult, it could have jerked for­ward when the driver tried to switch on the ig­ni­tion. Po­lice are try­ing to iden­tify the bus driver from the de­scrip­tion given by the wit­nesses. The ve­hi­cle is a pri­vate bus that might be op­er­at­ing with a travel agency.

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