NEW DELHI: Weeks after 27-year-old Arun Kumar got married and took up employment in south Delhi, a rashly driven shattered the dreams of his family when he was on his way to work on Wednesday morning. Kumar, knocked down from his motorcycle by the bus near Ghazipur, was run over and dragged for some metres before the driver brought the bus to a halt.

Onlookers were horrified by the , but no one took the trouble to inform the cops. It was only later that a woman driving by noticed and phoned the police control room. But by the time the cops responded, Kumar had died. Eyewitnesses claimed seeing an earphone plugged in Kumar’s ears and surmised that he had not heard the bus approaching from behind.

bus driver Devendra Singh was caught from the vicinity while he was searching for an autorickshaw in an apparent bid to flee from the spot.

This was the third fatal incident this month involving cluster buses.

Members of Kumar’s family reached the accident site and found his motorcycle standing by the road side. The body was handed over to them after an autopsy on Thursday.

Father Ghanshyam Singh said his son had quit his job before his marriage on March 3 and subsequently found new employment with a private company in Okhla. “He used to leave home early in order to attend a training session at the new office,” he said. “He returned late at night, so we did not inquire about his whereabouts until the cops ed us.”

Kumar had left home for work as usual on his motorbike and would have reached his office after an hour. There was some worry for the family when, as his brother, Rajiv, related, his phone suddenly stopped responding to their calls. Later that night, the cops asked the family to reach Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital with someone who could identify Kumar. “He was dead when we reached the hospital,” said Rajeev.

According to eyewitnesses, around 8.30am, Kumar’s bike was hit from behind by bus no. 211 headed for Mayur Vihar. The 27-year-old was flung into the air and fell heavily on the road. The bus then ran over the lower portion of his body and dragged him for a distance. He lay injured on the road for at least half an hour before police were informed, all this while catching the attention of people who shot videos of him but none coming forward to help him.

Bus driver Singh claimed that when trying to overtake the bike, he found stray cattle blocking the road. He was driving at some speed and consequently lost control of the bus. A case for causing death due to negligence has been registered against him. The bus has been impounded.

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