Speeding police van kills tea vendor in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) A tea vendor died here after a speeding Delhi Police van rammed into his cart and overturned while patrolling in the city, police said on Saturday.

Shiv Yadav, 36, met with the accident around 8.30 p.m. on Friday when a Police Control Room (PCR) van hit his cart in a head-on collision in north Delhi’s Burari area.

Preliminary Police inquiry revealed that Yadav was pushing his cart in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic while heading towards his home which resulted the incident.

Yadav’s family alleged that the PCR driver was in inebriated condition that caused the accident. They also alleged that the force’s senior officers are trying to suppress the matter to avoid the arrest of accused policeman.

Referring it an unfortunate incident, Deputy Commissioner of Police Jatin Narwal said: “We have registered a case in the incident and started a probe.”

The officer accepted that the accused policeman has been identified but refused to give his details, saying “the incident was not a deliberate act”.

“For a fair probe, we called Delhi FSL (Forensic Science Laboratory) team that has picked up evidences from the spot. We will take further course of action after the FSL’s independent report,” Narwal told IANS.

Narwal’s refuted the allegations of victim’s family that the policeman was drunk while driving the vehicle and that police is not handling the matter properly.