There were not four, but five men in the car that hit a 20-year-old Delhi woman and dragged her for 13 kilometers on New Year’s Day, killing her in the most gruesome way, police said today.
The man previously believed to be driving was not even in the car at the time of the crash, an inquest into Anjali Singh’s death revealed in the early hours of January 1.
A few hours after the incident, those arrested were Deepak Khanna, Manoj Mittal, Amit Khanna, Krishan and Mithun. Two others are accused of trying to protect the men in the car and helping with the cover. The owner of the car, Ashutosh, was arrested this morning and police are looking for the seventh accused, Ankush.
Police said Amit Khanna was driving the car when it ran over Anjali Singh, not his relative Deepak, as they had claimed.
Deepak Khanna stayed at home, but Amit Khanna took the blame as he was driving without a license, police said.
Anjali Singh was heading home on her scooter with her friend Nidhi after a New Year’s Eve party when the car hit her shortly after 2 am. Anjali’s leg got caught in a wheel and she was dragged from the car. He screamed but the car did not stop, even when passengers saw his hands under the wheel. The men, who were drunk, drove for over an hour before the body fell.
About two hours after the incident, the men returned the vehicle to its owner Ashutosh and fled in an autorickshaw, security footage revealed.
Anjali died after suffering at least 40 external injuries. According to the autopsy report, her skin was peeled off, her ribs were exposed from her back, the base of her skull was fractured and some “brain matter was missing”. He had injuries to his head, spine and limbs.