SRINAGAR: Family of a 65-year-old man killed in a road accident caused by ‘negligent’ driving here accuses police of favouring the alleged culprit.
The man Abdul Aziz Dar, a resident of Abubakar Colony at Bemina Bypass, left his home around 3: 45 pm on May 21 to purchase bread. According to the witnesses, a speeding TATA Safari hit and critically injured Dar.
“While trying to cross the road, he saw the speeding vehicle coming towards him. He took a step back to let it pass, but the recklessly-driven car hit him,” an eyewitness told Kashmir Reader.
“We were there. We saw the car coming fast and hitting him. The driver didn’t stop. But we chased him down and forced him to take the injured to a hospital,” another eyewitness, who also happens to be a driver, added.
Dar succumbed to his injuries at the SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
Dar’s son Dr Muzaffar said he, on finding his father dead, started looking for the accused driver.
“But he had escaped out of the fear of arrest,” he said, alleging that the police didn’t act swiftly in the case because of the influence of the accused, identified as Tahteer Manzoor.
“The offender, namely Tatheer Manzoor, is working in the R&B department and he has used his influence to avoid the arrest,” Dr Muzaffar said.
“The accident happened on May 21, and he got anticipatory bail on May 23. In those two days, police did nothing to arrest him for killing my father. His bail expired on May 28, but police is still being soft on him.
“The station house officer concerned, Aftab Ahmad, of Batamaloo police station is not showing us the FIR registered in the case. He talks rudely to me as if I am the accused,” he said.
Dr Muzaffar said the accused did not appear before the court.
“His lawyer was representing him and they celebrated when the court granted him bail. It is heartening to see that they least cared for the death of my father. They were rejoicing,” he said.
The assistant sub-inspector of police at the police station, Ghulam Nabi, said a case has been registered under RPC sections 279 and 304 for rash and negligence, respectively.
He said the accused was let go on a court order that read: “You are hereby directed to release the accused after taking personal bond of Rs 1 lakh from him.”
In another order, he said, the accused was asked to appear before the court on May 28.
The officer refuted the allegation leveled by the family.
“We have recorded the statements of eyewitnesses. The accused got bail on the third day, but we couldn’t locate him before that; he was absconding. On the third day, the accused was granted bail by the court and we couldn’t do anything,” he said.
About the action taken after expiry of the bail granted to the accused, he said: “We haven’t received any communication from the court yet. If the court directs us to arrest the accused, we will do it. The accused is still hiding and the investigation is going on.”
If found guilty, the accused can be jailed for four years.