Rajouri, July 5: A 21-year-old youth was dragged and crushed to death by a rash car driver who was allegedly inebriated. The residents of the area held violent protests yesterday against the police alleging delayed action against the accused. A police vehicle, ‘Rakshak’ was set on fire near the hospital itself and so was the car of the accused near the Khandli bridge. Three policemen received injuries in police-protester clashes which went on for 2 hours starting at 9:30 pm.
Danish Malik, son of Ghulam Qadir, was returning home on a two wheeler with his friend Rizwan Mirza on a two-wheeler when they were hit from behind by a rashly driven car, bearing registration No JK02B-3846, at about 9.30 pm.
According to an eyewitness account, “The driver was drunk and after trying to escape her covered about 3 km, he again hit the car with a roadside wall at Khandli bridge. This is where locals caught him. Locals had already provided the details of the car registration number to police who failed to stop him at three police nakas and this is what blew the vessels of many who witnessed the inaction by police.”
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According to another eyewitness, “Danish would have not lost his life, if the driver had stopped the car immediately after hitting the two-wheeler.”
Protests broke out soon after and a few protesters rushed towards the Khandli bridge setting the accused’s car on fire.
The driver has been identified as Jai Ram who was driving alongwith Surinder and both are residents of Gwalior (MP).
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The duo along with family members live in rented accomodations near district hospital. They prepare sweets and sell to shopkeepers in Rajouri and Poonch.
Jai Ram has been booked under sections 302 and 109 of the RPC and SSP Rajeshewar Singh has assured people stringent action under law against the accused.
Meanwhile, the police have also registered a case under Sections 332, 336, 341, 353, 435, 457, 429 and 147 of the Ranbir Penal Codeagainst the unidentified persons who have damaged/burnt the police vehicle and pelted policemen with stones.