Noida-based firm’s director arrested for hit-and-run

The family of the man killed, Harikesh (35), expressed dejection over the bail. Harikesh, a jockey, succumbed to injuries at RML Hospital.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published:September 29, 2016 3:23 am

Delhi Police arrested one of the directors of a Noida-based company in connection with the hit-and-run death of a man. The accused, Karan Gupta, allegedly rammed a scooter on Aurobindo Marg with a newly launched Volvo XC90 SUV on September 18, flinging the rider and a man riding pillion to a service lane, was held Tuesday night, said police. He got bail from Tughlak Road police station, police added. Jatin Narwal, DCP (New Delhi district), confirmed Gupta’s arrest.

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Despite repeated attempts, Gupta’s company, which provides dry ash handling solutions to the power industry, could not be reached for comment. The family of the man killed, Harikesh (35), expressed dejection over the bail. Harikesh, a jockey, succumbed to injuries at RML Hospital. The pillion rider, Shakil (26), is still in ICU at RML Hospital and his condition is stated to be critical, said sources.

After tracing the SUV involved in the hit-and-run, police questioned senior officials of the company. The administration department initially told investigators that the SUV was registered in the company’s name and driven by one of their drivers, said a police officer. However, when investigators scanned details of the driver’s phone location during the time of the hit-and-run, it showed he was not on Aurobindo Marg, but at home in east Delhi, the officer added. “Investigators later summoned all the senior officials of the company and asked them to join the investigation. The accused tried to mislead investigators initially, but admitted to the hit-and-run when investigators started analysing his phone location at the time of the accident,” the officer added.

After hitting the scooterists, the SUV had sped away after hitting police barricades. “Gupta told investigators he was coming from the direction of INA Market and was searching for a betel kiosk for ‘meetha paan’ when the scooter came in the SUV’s path,” said the officer. Harikesh’s family members said they hoped to get justice. “I have lost my elder son. Even after arrest, the man who did it got bail. Even the police was not showing interest initially, but they acted after we staged a protest outside the police station,” said Harikesh’s mother, Savitri.

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