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Killer spot claims another life,toll now 8 in 8 days

The killer turn on the Dwarka-Palam flyover claimed another life in the early hours of Monday,taking the death count to eight in as many days.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 17, 2009 12:42:07 am

The killer turn on the Dwarka-Palam flyover claimed another life in the early hours of Monday,taking the death count to eight in as many days. Monday’s accident was reported around 1.30 am.

Police said Srikant Bhushan (24) and his friend,Mohit Chander (21) were on their way home,when their TVS Star bike skid on the flyover.

Srikant,a photographer,hit the railing head first,and his helmet cracked in two. His friend,Mohit,a cameraman,crashed on the road to his right as soon as the bike skid.

“A bystander called the Police Control Room and cops rushed the severely bleeding duo to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital,where Srikant was declared dead on arrival. Mohit was kept under heavy sedation but discharged later. His condition is stable. We are yet to record a statement,” a senior police officer said.

At Srikant’s residence in Bharat Vihar,his parents said he was the only earning member of the family.

“I’m too old now to work. My son was on duty to photograph a wedding in Palam. We were worried all night when he did not return. At 6.30 am a group of policemen came home and informed us of his death,” Srikant’s father,Ved Bhushan,told Newsline.

Srikant lived with his parents and a younger brother. His sister married last year. His body was handed to the family after the postmortem. Preliminary reports say he was not in an inebriated condition.

Mohit was sleeping in his house in Bindapur when Newsline visited. His father,Ramesh Chander said he was under heavy sedation. “A million praises to God for bringing my son home. I know what happened to his friend and it is shocking,” said father Ramesh Chander.

Mohit,an only son,had given sleepless moments to his parents on Sunday night. He had called his mother at 12.30 am and told her he would be home in an hour. An hour-and-a-half later,his mobile was found switched off.

“I was very scared. Around 4 am,some of his friends came home and informed us that he had met with an accident,but that he was fine. I rushed to the hospital,where doctors told me I could take him home. He is in a lot of pain,” Chander said. Both Mohit and Srikant worked in RPS Photo and Art Frames on Bharat Vihar Road.

“We have registered a case of ‘death due to negligence’ and investigations are on. We will speak to Srikant,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West),Kannan Jagdishan said.

Police crack down on speeding drivers
It took eight fatal accidents in over a week to spur the Delhi Police into action. Three pickets were placed along the 4-kilometre long flyover,with the traffic police penalising anybody who drove over 35 to 40 km per hour.

Cops posted an interceptor vehicle to help assess the speed of an approaching car. But the police are still puzzled about the repeated accidents on the Palam Village flyover.

“Many flyovers that lead to Dwarka have sharp turns. On this particular flyover,there are enough streetlights and signages spelling out a clear warning. Motorists tend to speed and lose control while negotiating a bend. They should not exceed the 30 kmph limit on the flyover,especially while turning,” a senior police officer said.

DCP (Southwest),Kannan Jagdishan said,“This is the fifth incident on the flyover since March 8. The reason behind the accidents is not clear. We are in talks with the Delhi Development Authority about the installation of speed-breakers and brighter signages.”

On Saturday evening,22-year-old call centre executive,Max Ching Se Bhuril,was on his way home on his Karizma bike,with his family following in an auto-rickshaw,when he crashed into the railing of the flyover on the same stretch. Bhuril was flung over the railing,to his death.

Last Wednesday,four members of a family were killed when they fell off the flyover,at exactly the same stretch.

On the same day,20-year-old Jagmohan was killed when his motorbike skidded.

On March 8,32-year-old Bala Krishnan died,while his pillion rider,Mala Palli sustained critical injuries after their bike crashed into a divider.

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