Gurugram: Hundreds of citizens, belonging to Delhi-NCR, joined in the solidarity walk on Saturday morning to mourn and demand justice for Alok Gupta, who was killed in an accident on August 23. They demanded tougher action against the underage drivers and their parents.
A group of community people, calling for justice, started the walk from DT Mega Mall, Gurugram and went on till the incident spot next to the DLF Phase 2 Rapid Metro Station, to draw the attention to the tragic death of Alok Gupta.
48-year-old Alok Gupta, a resident of Sector 57 in Gurugram, was killed by a speeding car driven by a minor who was also drunk at the time of the incident.
Two underage boys, who were highly under the influence of alcohol, were driving the car at over 150 km/h that killed Alok Gupta, they alleged.
According to the family, the sole reason for Alok’s death was the impact of the accident that caused fatal injuries to him. The vehicle was recklessly driven at a dangerously high speed that led to the accident.
An FIR for the incident has been registered under Section 279 (rash driving) and 304 A (death by negligence) at DLF Phase-2 police station.
They demanded the accused to be booked under 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). They also wanted the owner of the car to be booked. They wanted the parents of the underage driver and his friend to be held accountable for offences committed by minors under various sections of Motor Vehicles Act.
One of the protesting residents said, “Drunk driving is not a negligent act to be punished under Section 304 A. It is an act done with knowledge of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol, which must ideally attract the penalty for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 (II). The Juvenile Justice Board in this case held that the juvenile aged above 16 years shall be tried as an adult.”
“The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act of 2019 also enacts adult accountability and holds the guardian of the juvenile liable for offences committed by a juvenile,” he added.