A 52-year-old man was killed and his 20-year-old niece injured after they were hit by a speeding car in southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur area Tuesday night, said police. After the incident, irate people set the vehicle on fire, while alleging that the persons in the car were drunk, police added.
The accident occurred around 10.30 pm when Raj Mangal Singh and his niece Pinki were walking home from a clinic. “As they reached Tanky Road, a speeding Tata Indica car hit them and toppled on the road. The impact was so severe that Singh was tossed a few metres in the air before his head hit the footpath,” said a police officer.
There were four persons in the car and three of them managed to flee, but people at the spot managed to grab one of them, the officer added. Sources said people roughed up this person and set the car on fire before police arrived. Later police took the man into custody. “He claimed he was not driving the car and there were three others with him in the vehicle,” said a police officer. “We have registered a case at Jaitpur police station. The accused persons have been identified and will be arrested soon,” said the officer.
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Singh, a BSES employee, is survived by his wife and two sons. He had gone with Pinki to the clinic to get medicines for his wife, who is suffering from chikungunya. Pinki had come to her uncle’s house from Bihar a few days ago. She was discharged from hospital after treatment, said police.