Chandigarh: Car kills one, doctor held

The victim, Ajay Gupta, a businessman and resident of Delhi, was knocked down while riding his cycle; he was on a visit to his parents in Chandigarh.

By: Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: August 14, 2016 2:22 am
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A 45-year-old man, Ajay Gupta, was killed in a road accident here Saturday. The mishap took place near Bellavista Hotel roundabout when Gupta was riding his cycle. A Honda City coming from Sector 2 and going towards Sector 6 hit his vehicle from behind and ran over him. Gupta was dragged beneath the car for a few metres. He died on the spot.

Dr Sunil Kumar, who was driving the car, was arrested late evening Saturday.

Ajay Gupta, a resident of New Delhi, is the son of the director of Chandigarh-based school Ashiana Public, which has branches in Sector 9 and Sector 46. Gupta had come from Delhi a few days ago to visit his parents in Sector 9, Chandigarh. As part of his fitness routine, he used to ride his bike every morning and cover 40-50 km daily.

The police informed Ajay’s mother, Lalita Prakash, about the accident around 9 am. Ashiana Public was founded in 1989. Ajay Gupta’s elder brother, Uday Gupta, lives in the US. Ajay is survived by his wife and a 10-month-old son.

According to the police, the incident took place around 7.45 am. As part of his routine circuit from his parents’ house in Sector 9 in Chandigarh and back via Panchkula and Zirakpur, when Ajay reached near Bellavista roundabout, the Honda city car (CH-32-7977) driven by Dr Sunil Kumar hit him. Dr Sunil Kumar works in the Command Hospital, Chandimandir Military Station.

“The impact was such that the front end of the car was severely damaged as the cycle got stuck, dragging it for a few metres ahead. The cyclist was thrown off the cycle and he got crushed under the car’s tyres. It appears that the car was going at a high speed,” one of the investigating police officers told Chandigarh Newsline.

Dr Sunil Kumar had recently purchased the car and was on his way to the Military Station when the accident took place. According to the police, Kumar took Gupta to Sector 6 hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Dr Kumar is a resident of Gurgaon and had come for training with Command Hospital, Chandimandir Military Station.

“The cycle was hit when he was taking a turn towards road leading to Red Bishop, Sector 1. We have registered the case and impounded the car. The accused shall be arrested soon,” said Inspector Lalit Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO), police station, Sector 5.

Gupta’s body was kept in the hospital mortuary for post-mortem examination. His family reached the mortuary after hearing about the accident. His father had left for Delhi by train this morning and was informed about the mishap on the way.

“The family had planned a function at home to celebrate Teej,” one of the relatives of deceased told Newsline. “Ajay had his own business of event management in Delhi, but his mother had been insisting that he returns to Chandigarh and join her in managing the school. But destiny had other plans,” said a relative.

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  1. A
    Ashok Kumar
    Aug 14, 2016 at 6:06 am
    Motorists in Chandigarh are reckless and brazen. Many do not stop even when red light is on, and not care for traffic rules.
    1. C
      Aug 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm
      Very Sad, RIPlt;br/gt;May God give enough strength to their parents to overcome such big;br/gt;Chetan
      1. R
        Aug 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm
        My younger brother was on a similar accident near newtown;br/gt;There a tata sumo driving at high speed hit my brother who was on a routine practice for endurance cycling. lt;br/gt;My brother was hit such that he got uprooted from the bike entirely and out of the way of vehicle but his cycle was not fortunate enough, came back in 7 pieces. Brother was also fortunate because of riding in helmet which though got broken to pieces absorbed most of the head impact. lt;br/gt;When i saw this news i get shivers knowing that person could have been my brother that;br/gt;May god bless his soul.
        1. Puneet Kapoor
          Aug 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm
          "Unfortunate. However it is a norm in Chandigarh to drive fast and rash especially when behind the wheel of a fancy car.