Updated: December 17, 2014 1:29:43 pm
The owner of the Porsche car which mowed down a group of road workers near Shankar Chowk in Gurgaon, killing three and severely injuring four, on Tuesday paid a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the victims’ families.
The payment comes from Mukesh Kumar Garg, owner of Vikon Engineer, under whose name the car is registered. While the accused driver, Ashok Kumar, claimed he was driving from Delhi to Gurgaon alone, commissioner of police (crime) Rajesh Kumar said there was a second person inside the car at the time of the fatal accident. The police have identified the second person as Mukesh Kumar, also an employee of the company. “Eyewitnesses have told us that two people came out of the car after the accident and fled the spot. We are verifying their claims,” Rajesh Kumar said.
The police are now trying to verify the eyewitnesses’ claims.
The driver was produced in the city court on Tuesday and was let out on bail. Supporting Ashok’s claims, Mukesh Kumar Garg said the driver was on his way to pick up his son Kshitij Garg, who was waiting at an Audi showroom in Gurgaon. Garg said Ashok was alone in the car.
Rajesh Kumar, however, said, “The car is registered at a Sunder Nagar, Delhi address. There were two persons in the car when the incident took place. Ashok Kumar, the driver, had been working in the company for last six months and he was on his way to Golf Course Road along with one Mukesh Kumar.”
Speaking to Newsline, Ashok Kumar said he was driving from Delhi to Gurgaon and was alone in the car when the accident occurred. “It all happened within seconds. I was driving within my lane at a speed of 70-80kmph when a taxi ahead of me changed lanes and came to the left. In order to overtake the car, I tried to switch to the right. Before I could turn, a scooter came in between the taxi and my car and I had to suddenly apply the brake. In a bid to save the scooterist, I lost control of my car and hit a railing where the labourers were working,” Ashok said.
“I started to panic and fled the spot,” he added.
According to the driver, it was on the trolley driver’s suggestion that he fled the spot leaving the car behind. He claimed that he immediately called his company and informed about the accident.
Garg said he approached the aggrieved families and gave them Rs 1 lakh each along with a promise that he would also give them a share of the amount he claims from the insurance company for the car’s damage. “The money that I claim from the insurance company, which will be around 10 lakh, will be distributed among the victims.”
Roadside meal, then mayhem
The labourers were re-carpeting the road when the car smashed into their trolley, lost control and hit the victims. Pappu, hailing from Rajasthan, died on the spot leaving behind his parents and his wife. He had got married in July this year. According to the doctors at Orbit Hospital, Gurgaon, approximately 11 km from the spot of accident, Pappu died of excessive bleeding in his abdomen.
The labourers, hired by Gawar Constructions, started working with the company in July this year. The other two dead have been identified as Ram Prasad (35) and Lakhan (25). Prasad, the only earning member of his family, left behind his wife and five children. He died of multiple fractures and organ failure, said Dr Ambarish of Orbit Hospital, who operated on Prasad early Monday morning. Sumitra Devi (50), Rekha (20) and Dharmi (19), all from Panna, Madhya Pradesh are being treated in the hospital. Describing the horrific incident, Sumitra said, “After the overlaying was done, we all sat there to have a meal. Since it was raining, we had taken shelter under the tractor trolley. The car mowed us down. There were people dying all around.”
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