Hit-and-run that killed Delhi teenager: Insurance inquiry after accident gave away Mercedes driver

Following a tiff with the owner of the land, they took the car and parked it outside a friend’s house. They then took off the number plate and kept it in the boot of the car to evade arrest, police said.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Published:March 9, 2017 3:55 am
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After a 72-hour search operation, the Delhi Police Crime Branch Wednesday arrested the owner of the Mercedes that rammed into a scooty, killing a 16-year-old boy in outer Delhi’s Paschim Vihar on Sunday. Police sources said that after hitting the boy, Navneet Singh, 27, the owner of the 2006-make Mercedes E class car, first headed to Rajouri Garden and parked the vehicle in an empty plot. His cousin Hashmeet Singh, who was also in the car at the time of the incident, has been apprehended as well, police said.

Following a tiff with the owner of the land, they took the car and parked it outside a friend’s house. They then took off the number plate and kept it in the boot of the car to evade arrest, police said. A case of negligent and rash driving, death due to negligence, and disappearance of evidence has been registered against the two.

Navneet, who owns a furniture shop in Rajouri Garden, hit the victim, Atul Arora, at 10.33 pm Sunday, police said. Instead of stopping to help, he kept driving, dragging the victim for the next 100 metres. Arora, a Class 12 student, was returning home after offering “seva” at a temple in Sunder Vihar. He was declared brought dead at Balaji Hospital nearby.

The police had initially denied the involvement of a Mercedes as “there was no evidence”. Witnesses who gathered a the spot after the incident, however, had collected parts of the car such as the logo and the grill, that had fallen off and indicated that the car was indeed a Mercedes. The case was then transferred to Inter-State Cell, Crime Branch and was cracked under the supervision of DCP Madhur Verma and ACP Sanjay Singh Sehrawat.

“Navneet and his cousin were on a joyride and could not see the scooty coming from the other side. They fled and were trying to dispose of the car. However, Singh made some inquiries about car insurance and it helped us locate him,” said JCP (Crime) Praveer Ranjan.

A senior police officer privy to the case said that Arora was tossed a few metres in the air before he fell on the car. “Had they stopped the car, Arora could have been saved… Even after we apprehended them, one of them said that ‘it was just an accident’. There was no remorse,” alleged the senior police officer.

During questioning, Singh and his brother told the police that they had gone to GH 12 market around 9.30 pm for dinner. After learning that there was a fire near his shop in Rajouri Garden, he rushed past the GH9 market — a claim which is yet to verified.

“He overtook a Tata 407 vehicle, opposite GH9 market. He then hit the victim,” said DCP (Crime) Madhur Verma. He added that police are not are not ruling out a case of drunken driving. Police said Navneet had informed his father about the incident.

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    Nagrik
    Mar 9, 2017 at 2:03 am
    Hang these rich spoiled brats who have no value of other people's lives.
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      bitterhoney
      Mar 9, 2017 at 2:12 am
      Indian law does not touch rich and powerful.
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        A villager
        Mar 9, 2017 at 6:50 am
        HC, SC please keep the bail ready for the drivers. Feeling sad for the boy, his family and state of law and order in India.
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          rajiv
          Mar 10, 2017 at 6:42 pm
          but he didn't have license. dahh....
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            rajiv
            Mar 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm
            it is of indian blood to run away after accident and leave victum to die. it is also of indian blood to beat the car people. blame the dirty indian blood. animals dying for money. wonder why india is a third world country while having the most wealth. proudish, greedy, dying for money, bribe, and no value for life. molestating women in public. you don't see this in 1st world countries.
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              rajiv
              Mar 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm
              it is of indian blood to run away after accident and leave victum to die. it is also of indian blood to beat the car people. blame the dirty indian blood. animals dying for money. wonder why india is a third world country while having the most wealth. proudish, greedy, dying for money, bribe, and no value for life. molestating women in public. you don't see this in 1st world countries.
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                Puneeth
                Mar 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm
                Weather the boy was 12, 14, 16 or 17 year old is not the point. How can one drive rash and kill ppl on the road.......No one has the right to kill riders with or without a license.
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                  Lalu
                  Mar 9, 2017 at 3:18 am
                  While the culprit could be the Benz car driver, I wonder who gave licence to the yr 12 boy to ride a scooty? The parents of the school boy also should be arrested for letting their minor son ride a scooty without licence. Irresponsible parents.
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