Delhi boy killed in autorickshaw mishap, friends dump body in underpass; juvenile among 3 held
The body of a boy, who was injured in a road mishap in Delhi Vivek Vihar area, was dumped in an underpass by three of his friends instead of rushing him to a hospital leading to the boy’s death, the Delhi Police said on Tuesday, adding that the trio, one of whom is a juvenile, have been arrested.
Giving details about the incident, an official statement from the city police said that three men dumped the body of their friend body in an underpass in the Vivek Vihar area after an auto-rickshaw they were travelling overturned leading to injuries to the now deceased boy.
According to the statement, a missing report was lodged by the victim, Nitesh’s father Rajendra Gupta at Nand Nagri police station on March 9 and on Saturday, Vivek Vihar police station informed Nand Nagri police station that on Wednesday around 2 am, they recovered a body of an unidentified person from the Kastoorba Nagar underpass.
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The body was identified by the victim’s father in the mortuary of GTB hospital.
During the investigation, police checked the CCTV footage and found that Nitesh was sitting with some people inside an auto-rickshaw on the intervening night of March 7 and 8. Later, it was revealed that he was with his friends — Pawan, Brij Mohan and a minor, according to the statement.
Pawan was driving the auto-rickshaw. When police questioned him, it was revealed that they were celebrating the Holika Dahan festival and were going towards Gagan Cinema for dinner, the police statement said, adding that Nitesh was sitting on the right side of Pawan. When the driver took a turn from Sunder Nagri towards Gagan Cinema, he lost control. The vehicle overturned and Nitesh came under the auto-rickshaw.
An official said that instead of taking the injured boy to a hospital, the three friends picked up his wounded body from the same spot where the accident happened in the same autorickshaw and dumped him at an underpass in the Vivek Vihar area of the national capital.
The boy died of his injuries later and might have survived if he had received timely medical attention, the official said.
The senior official said that autorickshaw belonged to one of the three accused who have now been arrested and a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), has been registered against him, adding that further investigation is underway.
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