Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

4 powerlifters killed in auto accident in outer Delhi

The force of the impact was so high that the car’s roof was completely blown off police said The force of the impact was so high that the car’s roof was completely blown off police said
Melissa Porter | 07 January, 2018, 17:49

Two other players who were in the auto, including a world champion who bagged the title for India in Moscow a year ago, were injured.

The mishap took place at around 4 am when the sportsmen were returning to Delhi in their Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire vehicle after attending an athletic meet in Panipat.

A senior police officer said the speed of the auto was very high, adding there were some bottles around and the possibility of drink driving can not be ruled out.

The six athletes were going from Delhi to Panipat in a Swift Dezire compact sedan, carrying their powerlifting kits, when they met with the accident at 4 am near Alipur village, close to the Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana.

They were taken to Raja Harishchandr Hospital in Narela here and declared dead by doctors, the police officer told IANS.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta said the deceased were identified as Tikamchand, Saurabh, Akash and Harish Roy.

The vehicle followed through and then hit an electric pole.

Meanwhile, Yadav is undergoing treatment at Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh and Rohit is being treated at the LNJP Hospital.

Among the injured is Saksham Yadav, who bagged the gold medal for India at the World Weightlifting Championships in 2017. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was blown away.

The injured athletes were admitted at a private hospital in Delhi. The possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out.