Shiva Dhalla (29) had promised his four-year-old son a toy car,but before the electronic goods salesman could reach home from his shop in Karawal Nagar in Northeast Delhi,he was run over by a truck on Monday around 10 pm. Shiva died on the spot as the truck dragged him for about 30 feet,leaving a trail of blood on the road.
This,as Shivas brother Aman Dhalla watched in horror.
Aman and Shiva were riding on two separate motorcycles to their home in Jyoti Nagar,Northeast Delhi,at the time of incident. At Loni Road,in front of the Digambar Jain temple in Jyoti Nagar,a stationary truck accelerated and moved towards the right,hitting Shivas bike. As Shiva fell on the road another truck,which was trying to overtake the first,ran over him,police said.
I saw him die. The other truck that came from behind ran over him and then dragged him for at least 25 to 30 feet, said Aman.
Soon after the accident,a crowd gathered at the scene of the accident. The situation turned violent when the crowd had an altercation with the police,who allegedly lathi-charged the protesters. Crowd also pelted the truck and police vehicles with stones. In the melee,the errant truck driver fled,but was arrested later. Both the trucks were seized by the police.
At Shivas home in East Rohtash Nagar,Shivas wife was with her two children son Aryan and daughter Prerna (7). The Karva Chauth mehndi was still bright red on her hands.
I called him at 8.30 in the evening and he spoke to the kids, said Komal,Shivas wife. The children sleep only after they speak to their father. Last night,as usual,he spoke to them and Aryan wanted a toy car.
The couple had been married for 12 years.
Shivas second brother,Vikas,told Newsline,On the road where the accident took place,there are signs of No Entry for heavy vehicles. But still trucks ply on that road.
However,Traffic officials said,The restrictions remain only till 9.30 pm. And after that,heavy vehicles can ply on the road till 7 am. The truck that ran over Shiva was ferrying bricks to a construction site in Shahdara,Northeast Delhi.
We sent the body for post mortem and handed it over to the family this morning. We have registered a case, said a senior police officer.
DCP (Northeast) Sanjay Jain said,The truck driver was arrested on Tuesday. His name is Manoj (26) and is from Loni in Ghaziabad.