Twenty-seven-year-old Hirak Navalavala, son of B N Navalavala, adviser to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Chairman of Central government task force on interlinking of rivers, was killed in a car crash in Vadodara’s upscale Alkapuri area in the wee hours of Tuesday. Three others, Hirak’s friends, were critically injured, police said. Hirak and his friends were overspeeding when the crash occurred, police said.
Hirak, an alumnus of Vadodara’s Faculty of Fine Arts, was driving his white Hyundai Verna sedan when he rammed into a Volkswagen Vento, in which four of his friends from Delhi — Pratik, Vimal, Vishal and Vicky — were seated. While three of his four friends sustained grievous injuries, Hirak, who crashed into Vento’s rear, died on the spot.
M D Puwar, Police Inspector, Gotri police station, said the two cars were over-speeding and crashed when they lost control. “Our preliminary probe has revealed that Hirak and his friends, on their way from Sayajigunj to Alkapuri, were overspeeding. The cars got on to the footpath on the road and crashed into the compound wall before swerving.
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Hirak, who was driving the second sedan, crashed into the car ahead as he lost control. While he died on the spot, the others have responded to treatment,” Puwar said.
The police have filed a case under IPC Sections 304 for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, 337 and 338 for causing hurt by endangering life or personal safety of others as well as Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act for not carrying valid licence while driving.
The Navalavala family performed Hirak’s last rites in the city on Tuesday morning, with several IAS and IPS officers from the city attending the funeral.
Navalavalas have four children and Hirak was the only son.