A late-night bike ride inside the JNU campus turned fatal for three students when their motorcycle hit a divider and crashed into a tree.
According to police, Ravi Shankar Choudhary, Santosh Kumar and Ravi Gupta — all final-year MA students of Korean studies in their mid 20s — had gone out for a ride after a party at their hostel. Around 2.50 am, a security guard posted at the Partha Sarthi Rocks (PSR) gate sent a message through his wireless that five students on two bikes were driving at a very high speed inside the campus. Minutes later, the same security guard received another message about three bikers who had lost control of their bike and crashed into a tree.
Police said the university administration arranged for an ambulance and Choudhary was rushed to Safdarjung Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Kumar and Gupta were taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre. They succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
According to police, none of the three was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Their autopsies were conducted on Friday afternoon, after which the bodies were handed to their families.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) B S Jaiswal said, “Prima facie, it appears that none of them were wearing helmets. Medical examination has revealed that two of the students had consumed alcohol.”
Police said Choudhary, who hails from Bihar, owned the motorcycle. Colleagues of the students told Newsline that Choudhary was known for riding at a high speed. A status message posted on Choudary’s Facebook page on January 2 reads: “Revised test of CBZ. 130 Km\\r at the Delhi Gurgaon highway.”
According to police, just hours before the accident, Choudhary had uploaded pictures of the three of them partying with other friends, on Facebook. Like Chaudhary, Gupta also hails from Bihar, whereas, Kumar comes from Jharkhand.
“There were two bikes and the three who died were on one. When I saw the three racing, I blew my whistle and signalled them to stop. I also sent a message to the other guards on the wireless. I had forgotten about it, but minutes later, I heard about the accident. One of them had died at the spot,” the security guard posted at the PSR said.
On Friday afternoon, friends of the three visited the accident spot, which is close to the Vice-Chancellor’s residence. “The students were riding at a very high speed from the hostel area towards the East Gate of the campus. They took a sudden turn at one of the corners, the bike overturned, hitting a divider and then a tree. They were taken to the hospital, but it was too late,” Sudhir Kumar Sopory, Vice-Chancellor, JNU, said.
According to the their friends, all three were bright students. Choudhary was reportedly a class topper who had been to Vietnam and South Korea on a scholarship programme in 2011 and 2013. Santosh had also been to South Korea. All the three had pursued their graduation from the university and were residing at different hostels since the past 4-5 years.