CHENNAI: Speeding biker, 21-year-old V Suresh, who rammed his two-wheeler against a scooter, causing the death of a 12-year-old girl in Guindy on Sunday night, has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder under 304(2) of IPC. This is the first case in which an accused person in a bike-racing case has been booked under the section under the Guindy Traffic Investigation police jurisdiction.
The victim, H Shailaja, a resident of Dhandeeeswaran Nagar in Velachery, was returning with her father Hariharan, senior manager-foreign exchange with Canara Bank branch located in Spencer Plaza, after attending a wedding reception in Saidapet, when the collision took place.
Suresh was making his way in his `1.10 lakh Yamaha Fazer 150 cc bike from Besant Nagar Beach towards Guindy. A resident of Mettupalayam in West Mambalam, he had failed his Plus Two examination and was helping his father Velusamy, a civil contractor handling multiple businesses, said Guindy investigation inspector Ramesh to Express.
Suresh was trying to overtake other bikers, when he rammed his vehicle against Hariharan’s ‘Activa’ scooter from the rear near Raj Bhavan. Shailaja, who was eating ice cream, was thrown into the air in the impact and was caught under the rear wheel of a Puduchery-Chennai TNSTC bus proceeding to CMBT, the officer said.
Shailaja, a Class 7 student of Sankara Vidhyalaya in Adyar, was taken to a private hospital, where she was declared ‘brought dead’.
Suresh received a sound thrashing from members of the public and was taken to hospital for treatment.
He was arrested under Section 304-2 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder under 304(2) of IPC and produced before the Saidapet court, which remanded him to judicial custody.
Asked about increasing accidents and fatalities caused by speeding bikers, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Arora told Express that that the traffic police take continuous action during weekends.
“We are conducting a lot of checks on Beach Road in Besant Nagar, Kamarajar Salai and East Coast Road,” he said.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic-South) V A Ravikumar said special teams conducted raids on Saturday and Sundays, looking for speeding bikes, especially between 5 am and 8 am on ECR and Labour statue and Gandhi statue on Kamarajar Salai. “The racers are booked, arrested and remanded,” he said.