After evading the police for five days, the youth who drove a Hyundai i20, one of the two racing cars which caused last Friday’s multi-vehicle crash on the Zirakpur flyover, surrendered before the police on Wednesday, and was immediately let off on bail.
Police said that the youth is a juvenile, aged 17, and the car belonged to his father who is a businessman. His name would now be added in the FIR.
While the youth or his family could not be reached, the police said that he confessed he was racing with SUV driver Mankirat Singh on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway when the accident took place.
“He said that Mankirat Singh had met him during a cricket match in their society a few months ago, following which they became friends. On the fateful day, both of saw each other driving back from school to home near the Chandigarh-Zirakpur barrier and started racing as soon as they crossed Chandigarh. When he was trying to overtake the Pajero, the latter suddenly swerved causing both vehicles to lose control and cross over the divider, and hit other vehicles,” said the police.
Mankirat died on spot. So did Bhupinder Singh Thapa, a college student, who motorcycle was hit by the SUV. Amit Kumar, an autorickshaw driver, who was also hit, suffered multiple spinal fractrures and died in hospital on Sunday.
The youth, who suffered a shoulder dislocation, was admitted to a Mohali hospital from where he was discharged on Monday night. However, neither he nor his family contacted the police all these days.
ASI Hans Raj, the investigating officer, said, “A Mohali resident, Maninder Singh, who was known to the family, produced the boy before the police in the evening following which he was arrested and released on bail. Earlier, we had registered the case against his father based on documents found in the car, but now that he has been identified, he has been booked.”
The case is registered on charges of rash driving, causing death by negligence, and causing grievous hurt by negligence. The youth is a student of Guru Nanak Public School. Mankirat studied in New Public School.