In an apparent case of drunk-driving, three people were killed and five injured after a car allegedly driven by the son of a Rajasthan legislator rammed an auto-rickshaw and police van in Jaipur. According to the police, the incident took place around 2 am on Saturday when a speeding BMW rammed the vehicles, killing three people on the spot. Eyewitness account report of the accused, Siddharth Mehria, being drunk and driving over 100 km an hour. Mehria, 20 is the son of an independent legislator from Sikar, Nand Kishore Mehria.
He has rejected the charges and had said that it was not him, but his driver who was behind the wheels at that time. “The whole thing happened because of the rain and there were no lights on the road. The auto was crossing the road at a great speed. The right side of my vehicle banged into the right wheel of the auto and then my car hit the police van,” Siddharth Mehria said.
The badly mangled remains of the BMW say a different theory all together and suggest a more violent clash as all the four airbags were deployed. Mr Mehria has refuted all charges and has said that, “That was probably because my driver got confused between brake and accelerator in the panic.”
Policemen who were present on the scene in the van also said the politician’s son was at the wheel when the accident happened. A senior police officer said, “We have sent his blood samples to the forensics for examination and any further development is only possible after the reports.”
In latest developments, the accused has been detained by the Rajasthan police, in connection with the deaths.