In an incident of road rage, a young restaurant manager lost his life in the national capital on Tuesday when a pilot allegedly ran his car over him after their vehicles collided.
Police said the incident took place near Khan Market at around 1:50 pm after the cars driven by Vikas Aggarwal, a Jet Airways pilot, and Rajiv Jolly, a manager at a Khan Market restaurant, had a minor collision at a traffic signal.
Jolly came out of his car and allegedly entered into an argument with the pilot besides thrashing him, a senior police official said. Both Jolly and Aggarwal are aged 37 years.
"Aggarwal was inside his car. Suddenly he took a sharp turn. Jolly fell down and was ran over. You can call it a road rage case but the death appeared to be accidental," V A Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), said.
A senior police official said it appeared that Aggarwal did not do it do it intentionally. "The pilot was trying to enter the market while he was being thrashed allegedly by Jolly.
"Jolly fell down. There was little space between the car and footpath where Jolly was standing. His injuries were on the right side of his body. He apparently died due to the fall," the official said.
Jolly was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Gupta said a detailed forensic examination will be conducted to ascertain whether there Aggarwal "deliberately ran over him or was it purely accidental".
The pilot was arrested from the spot and a case was registered against him under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash and negligent driving) of IPC.
Some eyewitnesses claimed that Aggarwal drove his vehicle over Jolly several times but police did not confirm this. "He ran over Jolly several times. People tried to stop it. After the public caused an uproar, Aggarwal stopped his car," an eyewitness claimed.