GK hit and run: a businessman still unconscious, according to his family
More than a week after businessman Anant Mandelia (37) was hit by a car and dragged almost 100 meters on its bonnet in South Delhi’s Greater Kailash I, his family said that his condition remained critical and that he had not yet regained consciousness.
On February 8, Mandelia was outside his house when a Volkswagen T-Roc allegedly driven by law student Raj Sunderam allegedly hit him. He suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to Max Hospital in Saket by his family. He remains in intensive care. Police arrested Raj on February 11 and charged him with reckless driving and attempted murder. His father, Pandyan Kalyan Sunderam, a retired bureaucrat, was convicted for allegedly harboring his son.
It was the family’s driver, Rampal Singh Negi, who transported Mandelia to hospital after the accident. In the FIR filed in the case based on his complaint, he claimed: “Anant… came out of his house and was walking on the main road. We saw a yellow car coming from the Ikhaya hotel. He was speeding… the man was driving recklessly… The car hit Anant… and he fell on the bonnet. However, the driver did not stop and dragged him almost 100 meters. He (the driver) then braked hard and Anant fell onto the road.
Anant’s uncle, who did not wish to be named, said: “The case is pending. We want strict action against the student and his father. We are in contact with our lawyers. Anant is an honest and hardworking businessman… We want him to recover quickly.
Anant runs a hydroponics business. His friends and neighbours, some of whom are his childhood friends from modern school, Barakhamba Road, posted videos of the incident and called for justice. “The road in front of the house is wide and a lot of young people find themselves there speeding. We raised the matter before, but the police did nothing. We know Anant from school…we help his family as much as we can,” a friend said.
However, a police officer said he had not received any complaints from residents of reckless driving or speeding.
Former cricketer Virender Sehwag also shared a video of the incident and tweeted: “Horrifying. Inhumans like the person who ran into Anant, who was asking the driver to slow down because children were walking on the road. The accused, driving an SUV, instead turned around and hit Anant, dragging him a few blocks away. The most severe action is required.
DCP (South) Benita Mary Jaiker replied that the accused had been arrested.
Meanwhile, the Greater Kailash Police Station investigator said Raj allegedly sped up and the father-son duo fled after the crash. “They were hiding at Le Méridien hotel in Gurgaon when we arrested them,” he said.