A 20-year-old woman was killed after her scooter was hit by a car, which then dragged her almost 4 km, in Outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala area, said police, adding that her body was found almost an hour later.
Police said the woman, Anjali Singh, got stuck between the rear tire and the car. When the accused found the woman’s body, they allegedly removed it and fled from the spot.
Police have approved Deepak Khanna (26), who drove a Gramin Sewa auto; Amit Khanna (25), who works for a nationalized bank in Uttam Nagar; Krishan (27), who worked at the Spanish Culture Center at Connaught Place; Mithun (26), a hairdresser at a salon; and Manoj Mittal (27), who is a ration dealer in Sultanpuri. They have been booked for rash driving and causing death by negligence. Police suspect the accused knew the victim was being dragged but didn’t stop to help her.
DCP (Outer Delhi) Harendra Singh told reporters that the woman’s clothes were torn as she had been dragged for a long distance. “A PCR call was received around 3.24 am at Kanjhawala police station in Rohini district. The caller said a body had been tied to a gray Baleno car and it was being dragged. The caller was able to give part of the registration number. Staff deployed at pickets were alerted and a message was flashed to look for the vehicle. At about 4.11 am, a PCR call was again received at Kanjhawala police station which said the body of a girl was lying on the road. The body was sent to SGM Hospital, Mangolpuri,” said DCP Singh.
“The car was traced and during an inquiry, the occupants of the vehicle were located. They stated that the car met with an accident in the Sultanpuri area. The SHO of the area had also noticed a scooter that had been in an accident and this information was lodged at the police station at 3.53 am. The scooter belonged to the woman. Spot inspection revealed that after the accident, the victim got entangled in the wheels and was dragged for quite some distance,” he added.
During questioning, the police said the accused told them they went to Murthal on New Year’s Eve but came back because it was crowded. “They said they were on their way back when the car hit the scooter. They saw the girl initially and thought she got up and left. The driver said the lane was narrow which led to the accident. After dragging the body for nearly 4 km, they felt something hanging from the car and got down. When they saw her body, they said they panicked. They quickly removed her body and fled…,” said a police source.
The accused and the woman live near Sultanpuri area but aren’t known to each other. Police said the woman worked part-time in weddings and other functions and was returning home from one such event.
Meanwhile, the woman’s family was left shocked. The deceased is survived by her mother and six siblings. Her father died many years ago. Her mother said, “She works at an event management company and told me she was going to an event and would come late at night. I was waiting for her… How can all her clothes come off like that? The police aren’t showing us her body properly. I want justice for my daughter…”
Her maternal uncle Prem Singh said, “We received a call around 7-8 am about the accident. My sister was called to the police station and wasn’t taken to the mortuary. There is so much blood under that car…”
Police said they have taken blood samples from the accused to ascertain if they were driving under the influence of alcohol.