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Two years on, victims run over by student remain unidentified

Mangled remains of the car at the Kashmere Gate police station.

Mangled remains of the car at the Kashmere Gate police station.  

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Chargsheet to be submitted in court soon: officer; other two victims not traced

Two years after an 18-year-old Delhi Public School student ran over four sleeping pavement dwellers in Kashmere Gate, the two killed still remain unidentified, the draft chargesheet into the incident states.

The incident happened on April 20, 2017, when accused Samarth Chugh from Model Town was allegedly speeding in his friend Ujjwal Goyal’s car along with another friend Bhavye Rajpal on their way to school on Mathura Road.

During this, he ran over four pavement dwellers, the police said. While one died on the spot, three were rushed to a hospital for treatment. Another victim died during treatment a few days later, they added.

A senior officer said the draft chargesheet has been prepared and will be submitted in court soon.

The investigator said the one who died on the spot has not been identified — the name column in the draft chargesheet still reads “unknown”.

The police said they have the names of the other three as told by the victims themselves at the time of the incident — deceased Asif and the two injured Karan alias Kuldeep and Sanjay.

“The incident remained in headlines for days when it happened but those who were killed had no one to claim their bodies,” the officer said.

Wrong address, name

Recalling the conversation with Asif, the officer said, “He had told us his name. He also gave an address of his residence, which was in Uttar Pradesh but when teams went there, it was found to be incorrect. It is suspected that he did not give the right name as he was scared of getting embroiled in police and court proceedings.”

The other two victims allegedly fled from the hospital after being treated. The officer claimed that their addresses were also taken but they could not be traced.

Last rites of the two deceased were performed by the police a few days later. Asif was buried while the unknown male was cremated, the officer said.

Friends were drunk

In the draft chargesheet, the police have also stated that Samarth was not drunk at that time but his two friends, who fled from the spot, were drunk as per their medical report.

“Samarth said Ujjwal was driving earlier. However, after some time he asked Samarth to drive,” the document stated.

The accused is currently pursuing Bachelors of Business Administration and is in his second year, it has been learnt.

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