Car parked to feed pi­geons on fly­over causes fa­tal crash

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

New Delhi: A woman was killed and her hus­band and daugh­ter in­jured on the La­j­pat Na­gar fly­over when their scooter was hit by a BSF bus on Wed­nes­day. They were over­tak­ing a parked car that had stopped to feed pi­geons on the fly­over. The scooter driver was in a hurry to ad­mit his daugh­ter, who was hav­ing a fit, to the Kalavati Hos­pi­tal in cen­tral Delhi.

The fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tim and a few eye­wit­nesses al­leged that the car driver had stopped the ve­hi­cle on the fly­over hap­haz­ardly and was feed­ing a flock of pi­geons when the ac­ci­dent took place. The driver left im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent. Lo­cals told TOI that ev­ery day 20-25 cars and two-wheel­ers stop on the La­j­pat Na­gar fly­over to feed pi­geons.

Po­lice caught the bus driver from the scene and booked him for rash and neg­li­gent driv­ing. The in­ci­dent took place around 11am.

Nilofer (28) and her hus­band Zamil Alam (39) had got a call from their daugh­ter The cou­ple was in a hurry to ad­mit their daugh­ter, suf­fer­ing from a bout of fit, to hos­pi­tal. Nilofer (in­set) was de­clared dead on ar­rival

Khushi’s school that she had fallen sick. They took her on as­cooter and rushed to­wards the hos­pi­tal, where Khushi was al­ready un­der­go­ing treat­ment. “I was driv­ing on the left side of the road to avoid traf­fic, but found a car parked on the fly­over. Since I was in a hurry to reach the hos­pi­tal, I tried to over­take the ve­hi­cle when the bus hit me from be­hind,” said Alam.

Eye­wit­nesses said that while Alam and Khushi fell away from the bus, Nilofer came un­der the front wheel of the bus, and her head was crushed. Khushi mirac­u­lously es­caped with scratches.

The bus driver, head con­sta­ble Ramesh Chand Sharma, later told the cops that he tried to ap­ply the brakes when he saw the scooter swerve to­wards the bus, but the woman came un­der the wheels in a mat­ter of few sec­onds. Sharma said that he was head­ing to Pra­gati Maidan from their camp in Ti­gri.

“We ar­rested the bus driver from the spot and reg­is­tered a case of caus­ing death due to neg­li­gence and neg­li­gent driv­ing against him,” said Chin­moy Biswal, DCP, South-East. The bus was later im­pounded.

The vic­tim was rushed in a CATS am­bu­lance to the AIIMS trauma cen­tre where Nilofer was de­clared dead on ar­rival.

Her fam­ily mem­bers said that Zamil has been in­con­solable since the in­ci­dent. “Khushi has been suf­fer­ing from bouts of fits since she was two years old. She would of­ten have se­ri­ous bouts and get ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal,” said As­raf Ali, Zamil’s cousin. Their other child is also ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal.

Com­muters us­ing the La­j­pat Na­gar fly­over have of­ten claimed that the flock of pi­geons not only causes a nui­sance, but also pose a threat to bik­ers who try to cut through to the right lane to avoid be­ing hit by the birds.

San­jay Sekhri

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