New Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) A 45-year-old driver of a cluster bus was arrested five days after he allegedly killed a man while driving in an inebriated condition near Kashmere Gate metro station, police said on Wednesday.
The accused, Pardeep alias Nagraj, was under the influence of alcohol during the accident which took place on the night of October 1. He was previously involved in 13 cases, including three accidents, they said.
A 33-year-old man, identified as Sanjay, a resident of Maujpur in Northeast Delhi, was killed in the accident. He worked as a clerk in a private firm at Chandni Chowk and is survived by his wife and three children, police said.
After the accident near Kashmere Gate, the driver fled from the spot with his vehicle and the same night, he rammed his bus into a truck in west Delhi's Mayapuri area, a police official said.
The officer said the accused driver was nabbed from the spot by a team of Mayapuri police station and a case was registered. During medical examination, he was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Since it was a bailable offence, he was released later.
The Mayapuri police team were not aware about the accident committed by him the same night.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Anto Alphonse said 'We received a PCR call at around 11.15 pm regarding an accident near metro gate no. 3, Kashmere Gate. On reaching the spot, the body of a man was found lying on the road. He was shifted to a mortuary and a case was registered at Kashmiri Gate police station.' Since police did not find any witnesses in the accident, they scanned more than 200 CCTV footages and examined around 350 commuters in the vicinity of the accident spot to get a clue, he said.
After inquiry, police managed to find that the offending vehicle was a cluster bus which took a U-turn immediately after the accident and sped up the bus in a wrong lane, he added.
To identify the offending vehicle, details of around 30 cluster buses which moved from Kashmere Gate on the night of October 1 were collected and their GPS locations obtained. During analysis, it was found that one bus running on route no. 753 was the only bus which moved in the wrong direction, the senior officer said.
Later, the driver was arrested from his residence in Issapur village following raids on Tuesday, he said.
On the night of accident, the accused was under the influence of alcohol and while moving out of Mori Gate terminal, even the marshal and conductor refused to accompany him. So, he was driving the bus alone, the DCP said.
A case was registered against him at Mayapuri police station and the offending vehicle was seized, police said. PTI AMP AAR AAR