An 18-year-old fashion technology student, who was on the run after his alleged bike stunt on a busy highway resulted in the death of his teenaged friend, was arrested on Wednesday.
Kirtan Richie, son of the owner of a local pub, allegedly tried a wheeling stunt on a east Bengaluru highway on September 1. During the stunt, his 18-year-old friend Shiny Kiran fell off the pillion seat and was run over by a truck, said police.
Police have also detained Richie’s 16-year-old friend, who lent him the motorcycle, and his father for buying a motorcycle for his underage son. They were later released on bail.
Police have booked Richie for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the IPC. His friend and his father have been charged with abetment to the crime.
Richie, whose father owns Jive Pub in east Bengaluru, met Shiny barely two weeks ago at a birthday party. The two planned to meet on September 1. Richie borrowed his friend’s new motorcycle to take Shiny out.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic East) Abhishek Goyal said the accident took place near Gopalan Mall on Old Madras Road around 8 pm. Richie fled the spot soon after the mishap. Initially, police were unable to ascertain how Shiny went under the wheels of the truck.
On arresting the truck driver Raghu D, police learnt that the girl fell off a motorcycle that was carrying out stunts, he said. Based on statements by Shiny’s friends and relatives, they identified Richie as the person with whom Shiny went out. “Richie regularly performed stunts. He does not have a driving licence. His father bought him a sports bike two years ago. He crashed it soon after. Since then, he has been using the bikes of his friends for stunts,” DCP Goyal said.