Finally,after three days,the Chandigarh Police managed to trace the offending vehicle which had rammed into an ambulance,ferrying a 10-year-old child to PGIMER,on Saturday night. Also,the police registered a case on charges of rash and negligent driving under sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.
However,the actual driver of the vehicle is yet to be ascertained.
The offending car is a Chevrolet Cruze,not a BMW,as alleged by the complainant in the case. After getting help from the hazy CCTV footage,the Chandigarh Police managed to ascertain that the car involved was a Cruze. Also,the car has the same number,the last four digits,as identified by the complainant and a witness.
Ashok,the driver of the ambulance which had turned turtle after the accident,had told the Chandigarh Police that he had seen the last four digits of the car (8804). The Cruze,registered in the name of one Harinder Singh,a resident of Sector 33,Chandigarh,also has 8804 as its last four digits.
After getting help from the CCTV footage,the Chandigarh Police contacted the dealers of Chevrolet Cruze and enquired about the owner of a black Cruze bearing a temporary registration number ending with 8804. The police were then able to trace the vehicle.
The front portion of the vehicle is damaged. The luxury car has been taken into possession by the police. We have registered a case on charges of rash and negligent driving. The car stands registered in the name of an individual who resides in Sector 33. It is yet to be found out as to who was driving the vehicle on Saturday night. The person in whose name the car is registered is out of station. After detailed examination and investigation,we have been able to confirm that it is the same vehicle which had rammed into the ambulance, said Anok Singh,Station House Officer,Sector 26,Chandigarh.
Initially,the Chandigarh Police had refused to register an FIR on the plea that the complainant had refused to pursue the case. Terming this a white lie,the complainant and the witness had told Chandigarh Newsline that the police had actually discouraged them from pursuing the case.
A witness,Ashwani Kumar,driver of the other ambulance,who had taken the 10-year-old child who got injured in the accident,had told Chandigarh Newsline on Monday that he and the complainant,Ashok,were discouraged by police officers not to pursue the case. They advised us not to insist on registration of an FIR as tracing the owner of the offending vehicle may take more than two months and till then the ambulance will not be released. An Assistant Sub-Inspector also said that a daily diary report has been lodged which is sufficient to claim damages, Ashwani had said.