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Bollywood-style Chase Ends in Tragedy
Source : INDIAN EXPRESS ; By J Shanmugha Sundaram
Published: 26th October 2015 06:45 AM; Last Updated: 26th October 2015 08:00 AM
VELLORE: It was a chase scene straight out of a typical Indian movie, but it ended in tragedy, since the chaser — a father of two daughters — died in the process.
The drama began after 19-year-old Rekha (name changed) eloped with her teenage lover Karthi (19) in a car on the eve her marriage with a close relative.
The hot pursuit that began immediately left people in Walajapet Town and passersby stunned, as they got to see a man hanging on to the bonnet of a speeding car on the busy Chennai-Krishnagiri Road and National Highway 46. The action sequence continued for nearly 40 minutes before it ended at Rathinagiri.
It all began about 4 pm on Saturday, when the girl’s family was busy in marriage arrangements and receiving guests, completely unaware of her plan to elope with her lover. Rekha casually walked out of her house in Gandhi Nagar near the Government Hospital in Walajapet and got into a waiting car. On seeing his niece sneaking away, Sivakumar alerted his relatives and chased the vehicle on a two-wheeler, said the police.
When the narrow stretch and traffic congestion near the Walajapet Bus Stand slowed the car down, Sivakumar manoeuvred the stretch and went in front of the vehicle to stop it. But the man behind the wheels hit the accelerator. Sivakumar then jumped onto the bonnet, caught hold of the wiper and kept banging at the windshield of the speeding car that was heading towards the NH. After reaching the NH, the car headed towards Vellore, with the girl’s other relatives in hot pursuit on their bikes.
When the vehicle was nearing Rathinagiri, Sivakumar managed to force himself into the vehicle after the windshield gave way. “The occupants of the vehicle then pushed him out. He had a fatal fall and died,” said the police attached to Walajapet Station. “The man (Sivakumar) was on the speeding car’s bonnet for nearly 12 km,” added the police.
On seeing the motionless body of Sivakumar in a pool of blood, his relatives tailing the car gave up their chase and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.
The police registered a case under sections 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc) and 302 (punishment for murder) of IPC against Karthi and three of his associates.
“The girl’s father Arumugam is based in Tiruvannamalai and has been running a furniture shop there for over 10 years. Rekha was in love with the boy for almost an year. Objecting to their relationship, the girl’s family fixed her marriage with her close relative’s son,” the police said.
According to the police, it was Rekha who contacted Karthi to escape. “We have despatched teams to Chennai, Bengaluru and Tiruvannamalai to trace the girl, her lover and three others involved in the incident,” the police added.