Arsh remains critical; driver held,released

Arsh Bhatia,who was one of the occupants of the Chevrolet Beat that was involved in an accident with another car,continued to struggle for life at PGIMER on Sunday — when the driver of the car was arrested and released on bail.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 30, 2012 2:49:02 am

Arsh Bhatia,who was one of the occupants of the Chevrolet Beat (CH01AK9821) that was involved in an accident with another car,continued to struggle for life at PGIMER on Sunday — when the driver of the car was arrested and released on bail.

The accident had occurred on Saturday when five youths in a Chevrolet Beat were coming at a high speed from the Matka Chowk. In an effort to avoid hitting a rickshaw,the driver applied the brakes and lost control over the vehicle. The car tossed 10 feet in the air before jumping to the other side of the road and landing atop the Honda (PB12Q0032) of IAS officer Keshni Anand Arora.

Police registered a case under sections 279,337,427 IPC.

The driver of Beat,Damanbir Singh,was arrested and released on bail. He had recently cleared Class XII and taken admission to B Com first year.

The family of Arsh Bhatia,who is in his 20s,was praying for his recovery. The doctors had declared him brain dead on Saturday. “We are hoping for a miracle to save Arsh. He has stopped responding and is in a critical state lying on a ventilator,” said his uncle Rakesh Bhatia.

Arsh’s father Ashwini Bhatia,who is a former employee of The Indian Express,resides in the US and is yet to arrive. Rakesh said he had applied for a visa and was expected to arrive within two days. Arsh’s mother and sister are,however,by his side. The family lives in Sector 20.

Arsh had studied in Shishu Niketan School and had recently taken admission to B Com at DAV College,Sector 10. Rakesh said he was also pursuing a course in chartered accountancy.

Revati,daughter of Keshni Anand Arora who was admitted to neurosurgery department of Advanced Trauma Centre,was stated to be stable.

On Saturday,the injured were taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital,Sector 16. From there,they were referred to PGIMER. Apart from Arsh,who was critically injured,and Damanbir,who suffered minor injuries,the other occupants of the car escaped unhurt.

Station House Officer of Sector 3 police station Inspector Neeraj Sarna said,“The driver of the car claims that the steering got locked and he lost control. The exact situation would be clear after the mechanical inspection of the car on Monday.”

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