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Delhi: Day before man bled to death on road, ice-cream vendor met the same fate

Police found Amrit Lal's body lying at an isolated spot barely 70 metres from his home in a slum in Gole Market area.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
August 13, 2016 4:23:03 am
icecream vendor 759 Ice-cream vendor Amrit Lal

A day before an accident victim, M D Matebul, bled to death on a road in west Delhi, an ice-cream vendor met a similar fate in another part of the capital. While CCTV captured Matebul (36) being struck by a tempo Wednesday and people passing by without stopping to help, there are no signs yet that 55-year-old ice-cream vendor Amrit Lal’s death on Tuesday has been captured on video. However, police investigation and account of a fellow ice-cream vendor indicates he died in equally insensitive circumstances.

“A man hit Lal with his Innova in New Delhi district’s Mandir Marg area around 11.40 pm Tuesday. He put Lal in his vehicle by telling his associates and bystanders that he was taking him to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital for treatment, but he never did,” said a police officer Friday. Police arrested the man and identified him as Surjeet Kumar, a resident of Paharganj and driver of a guest house.

After getting information about the accident, Lal’s family members and police looked for him in RML Hospital, but he had not been brought there. They checked several other hospitals too, but to no avail. After searching for Lal for nearly six hours, police found his body lying at an isolated spot barely 70 metres from his home in a slum in Gole Market area.

Police said Lal’s body was found near MG Flats on Peshwa Road around 5.40 am and they suspected the accused had dumped him there. “Lal was returning from the warehouse of his ice-cream company and walking home. Suddenly, the SUV struck Lal and dragged him for nearly 10 metres before his colleagues managed to stop the vehicle,” said a police officer.

Lal’s fellow ice-cream vendor Sushil Kumar, who was with him when the accident took place, said, “After stopping the vehicle, the driver started apologising. Lal was unconscious and the driver convinced us he would take him to RML Hospital for treatment. He pulled Lal out from under the front wheel of his vehicle, put him in the car and left,” said Sushil.

Eyewitnesses gave police the car’s registration number, said sources. DCP (New Delhi district) Jatin Narwal said, “We traced the accused with the help of the registration number.”

Police found the body after someone spotted it and made a PCR call, said sources.

‘He was unconscious after the accident’

Lal’s family members and police looked for him across nearly 20 hospitals during their six-hour search through Tuesday night. His wife Kalawati said, “We got to know he was unconscious after the accident. We cannot believe that the driver who promised to take him to the hospital dumped him.”

Lal lived with his wife and third daughter. His two elder daughters are married and he was saving money for his youngest daughter’s marriage. “He worked with an ice-cream company for over eight years. In summers, he earned up to Rs 20,000 every month,” said Kalawati.

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