Delhi Audi accident: As investigation stalls, something is rotten in Bareilly

For the sheer bizarre nothing beats the investigation into the death of four people travelling in an auto rickshaw after they were hit by a driver at the wheel of an Audi Q7 in New Delhi’s Hindon Road area a week ago.

Representational photo. AFP

Representational photo. AFP

Clearly, much power and pelf is at work to thwart the consequences of this whole gory mess. Although the car has been identified as belonging to a doctor, this worthy has disappeared. Okay, accepted that he is in hiding and has done a runner in panic. But you'd think that, by now, the police would have been able to obtain his photograph and put out an all points bulletin to look for the man. So far, they haven't done a thing.

After all, if a well-known, well-heeled doctor owns a top of the range vehicle, it is reasonable to assume he also has a social standing. But even if the data is spotty at best, it wasn't as if keeping all this information confidential was, in some way, going to lead the police to the bigger fish. But there are no bigger fish…are there?

Because it is almost comical that there are all sorts of garbled reports of a volunteer eager to take the fall up in Bareilly, which is 250 km away. This man is either an impostor, a dupe or an unusually large-hearted offender — he fetched up at a courthouse, confessed he was the driver of the car and asked for bail — which he immediately was granted. Then he was allowed to go.

In a nation where undertrials wait for years for their turns to sit in the scales of justice, here is a man who is, at best, admitting to involuntary manslaughter. Instead of bringing him in and asking him about his connection with the good doctor, why he was behind the wheel and why he shouldn’t be sent under escort to Delhi for interrogation — he is given instant relief for a case involving four deaths.

This man basically said: hey people, I’m the guy who killed four folks. Can we just do this bail thing so I can get home for dinner? I have late night tickets for Raees and I don’t want to miss it. And the system obliged. Actually, it bent over backwards to oblige.

In all this drama the driver, Ishaq, is supposedly not the Ishaq he says he is. Because you see, there are two other men named Ishaq in the same village. Who is this Ishaq who was granted bail by a kindly disposed judge? Your guess is as good as anyone else's who went to the court that day.

Meanwhile, the real Ishaqs, who are truck drivers and don’t know an Audi from a Howdah, are teed off because their identities have been stolen. They weren't in the capital when the incident occurred — they now want to find this imposter because he has besmirched their good name.

Meanwhile, we are being given photos of the innocent Ishaqs parents' homes and families. But there's no picture of the doctor or the guy who got bail. It's not as if their photos should be difficult to find online. And shouldn't social media be used for ‘have you seen this person of interest’ exercises?

The most exciting revelation, thus far, even as four families mourn their loved ones, is that the Delhi police have discovered four sets of fingerprints on the bedeviled foreign-made car! This discovery ranks right up there with the solving of The Great Train Robbery or the Brink's Holdup. What great progress has been made a week after the incident.

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Updated Date: Feb 05, 2017 17:03:59 IST

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