New Delhi (PTI), Sunday, November 27th, 2008 – Police in Delhi reported that a BMW vehicle allegedly struck his bicycle while he was riding on Mahipalpur flyover in southwest Delhi.
According to Manoj C, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest), the driver of this luxury car was taken into custody.
Police said that the incident occurred near Vasant Kunj.
The preliminary inquiry indicated that the car’s tyre burst after which the driver was unable to control it and struck the cyclist.
Police obtained information and reached the spot at Mahipalpur flyover towards Dhaula Kuan, where the BMW car bearing the VIP registration number was found. Officials also said that the BMW bike and BMW car were in a badly damaged condition.
The BMW car driver took the injured to a hospital, but doctors declared that he was dead.
According to them, Shubendu Chatterjee was the victim. He is a Gurugram Sector 49 resident.
Police reported that the case was registered under sections 279 (rash-driving or riding on a public road) and 304A (“causing death by negligence”) of the Indian Penal Code. The offending vehicle was seized.
Sunil (40), a resident from Punjabi Bagh who is a businessman, was identified as the car’s owner.
He claimed he bought the used vehicle and that the sticker from Finance Committee, Delhi Cantonment Board was on it since then. Police added that legal sections will be required to verify this statement.
They claimed that he had denied being there during the accident.
Somvir was identified as the driver by police.
Meanwhile, a person on Twitter claiming to be the friend of victim Chatterjee wrote, “Today our friend was cycling in Delhi and got crushed by a high-end car. We want police to find out the culprit and investigate through CCTV cameras in Delhi.” He also posted a picture in which a sticker can be seen “Chairman Finance Committee, Delhi Cantonment Board” written on it.
Chatterjee’s friend, Himanshu Khanna (39), stated that the deceased was a passionate cyclist.
“I got information around 7.30 am from a cyclist, who was passing through the area, regarding an accident near Mahipalpur. He stated that a cyclist was involved in an accident, but he couldn’t identify the victim. I asked him to show me the photograph of the cycle.
“I am associated with several cycling groups and later got to know that the cycle belonged to Chatterjee. I ran immediately to the spot, where I was told by police that Chatterjee’s driver had taken him to Safdarjung Hospital. I rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,” Khanna said.
Chatterjee was a Delhi-based garment manufacturer and lived in Gurugram. Khanna explained that Chatterjee rode his bicycle for the past ten years. He also said that his wife and his 20-year old daughter survived him.
“I came in contact with him three years ago through cycling. He had recently completed more than 70,000 kilometres riding cycle which is a big thing,” said Khanna, who is also a resident of Gurugram.
“Our group goes on a cycle trip of around 200 to 250 kilometres on weekends. We prefer Golf Course Road, Sohna Elevated Road and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road,” he said. PTI NIT NIT KVK KVK
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