Saturday evening, around 5 p.m. ITI (Industrial Training Institute) Nagpur’s Students were going home in groups after college. A high-speed car came from behind and hit two. So reckless was the car that it dragged those students for about 50 meter before stopping. In an attempt to escape, the driver took it reverse and hit another two students before hitting the car on the road divider. The crash was so intense that one of the tyres of the car burst up at the scene.
As it turned out, there were four boys in the car, all minors, around 17 years of age. There was no question of having a driving license. All these four boys are from super-rich families: son of a businessman , of a builder, of an education industrialist, and of a renown surgeon.
ITI students are mostly from poor families, coming from outskirts of the city, with a dream to quick-earn a vocational diploma to help their families. The parents of the two injured students can’t even afford the bills of Intensive Care Units of the private hospital where they were admitted by bystanders.
There is already a lot of meddling going on in the case. Firstly, they tried to maintain that those boys were not driving the car, but a paid driver. There also seems to be an ongoing effort to create confusion about the main culprit’s name, apparently to keep his original name off record. This boy, who was driving the car, was named Sahil in yesterday’s newspaper; today there was a confusion whether he is Sahil or Salil. One boy from that gang, son of the surgeon, was absconding till the last news came, and his father had switched off his mobile phone. A simple Google search yesterday showed a twitter account of one of boys; now it shows the account does not exist. Etc. etc.
Two lives lost. Two are struggling with life and death in the intensive care units. There must be the strongest possible punishment, both to the kids and their parents, more to send out a strong signal than to punish this individual act. But, we already have too much lenient laws for road accidents, and money and take out a way of anything. We don’t know if there will be any justice ever!
UPDATE (March 21, 2012): We trust the police and it seems honest in its investigation. The main accused was denied a bail and was sent to a juvenile observation home yesterday. The court maintained that justice seen is as important as justice done.