A new high-quality security camera footage confirmed eyewitness accounts that the 20-year-old woman, who was killed after her scooty collided with a car in the early hours of Sunday, was dragged under the accused’s car for over an hour.
New CCTV footage shows the Maruti Baleno car making a U-turn on a road on Delhi’s Kanjawala Road in Ladpur village, where eyewitness Deepak Dahiya runs a sweet shop.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the incident “shameful” and said he hoped the culprits would face the harshest punishment.
“What happened to our sister in Kanjhawala is very shameful. I hope the culprits are punished severely,” he tweeted in Hindi, along with a newspaper clipping that said the police had registered the case under the lenient section of the law.
What happened to our sister in Kanjhawala is very shameful. Hope the culprits will be punished. pic.twitter.com/Mmuuf8HnWl
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 2, 2023
Mr Dahiya said the vehicle took a U-turn after hitting the scooty. Footage recorded at 3.34am shows the car returning towards Tosi village, where the body was found. The body is clearly visible under the car.
Eyewitnesses said the accused dragged the girl’s body for 18 to 20 kilometers, which stuck to their car, for about one-and-a-half hours.
“It’s 3:20 am…I was standing outside the shop when I heard a loud noise from a car about 100 meters away. At first I thought it was a tire burst. As the car moved, I saw a body. Dragging happening. I immediately informed the police,” Mr Dahiya told news agency ANI.
Mr. Dahiya said the accused kept driving repeatedly on the same road for about four to five kilometers taking U-turns.
“I tried to stop them many times, but they did not stop the vehicle. They took the girl’s body for about 20 kilometers for about an hour and a half,” he said.
He chased the car on his motorcycle and contacted the police. After about an hour and a half, the accused fled when the body fell from the car near Jyoti village on Kanjhawala road, he said.
“It can’t just be an accident,” Mr Dahiya insisted.
The woman died after her scooty collided with a car and her body got stuck under the car and was dragged for a long distance, police said. The accused, who have been arrested, claimed that the windows of the car were up and there was loud music inside the car, so they did not notice it and fled the spot when they realized what had happened.
The suspect vehicle was traced and the five occupants were apprehended from their homes.