Investigations have revealed that Nupur had a learner’s licence and was not accompanied by anyone with a proper driving licence, which is a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act. Nupur works as a probationary officer at a bank in West Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area. Since she has a government job, the family persuaded the elder daughter to take the blame. Moreover, the car didn’t have an ‘L’ sign, which indicates to others that the driver is a learner.
Dwarka accident: Both sisters held, booked for misleading police too
On Thursday, cops arrested Nupur for committing the offence and Deepakshi for misleading the police. “Several pieces of footage were analysed and both accused were interrogated. The two women have been arrested and sections for misleading the police have been added to the existing FIR. We are also checking for violations of the MV Act,” said Santosh Meena, DCP (Dwarka).
On Sunday evening, a couple who were out for an evening walk were mowed down by a car driven by Nupur. The couple had been identified as Shanti Swaroop Arora (72) and his wife, Anjana Arora (62), both residents of Appu Enclave in Dwarka’s Sector 11. The couple used to live in Delhi alone as their children are settled in US. The accused women, along with their family, stay in the same society.
The officials investigating the case said that it is seen in one of the pieces of CCTV footage that a woman wearing a white top and a light pink track pant was driving the car. She came out of the car and started making calls frantically. A crowd gathered at the spot. Later, when police officials reached the hospital, a woman in black attire (Deepakshi) took the blame, accepting in writing that she was driving the car.
The cops claimed that after Nupur called up her father, he asked a vegetable vendor, Rajesh Solanki, whom the family knew, to rush to the accident site. Meanwhile, Deepakshi and her father also reached the spot. Rajesh was then seen driving the vehicle while Deepakshi sat next to him when they took the injured couple to two different hospitals. Nupur returned home and then went to the hospital. However, when the cops reached the hospital, it was Deepakshi who took the blame.
CCTV footage of the incident went viral on Tuesday following which the family of the victims raised doubts over who was behind the wheels. An acquaintance of the couple who saw the footage claimed it was the younger daughter who was driving.
A similar case had happened in Kolkata in 2019 when the younger brother had taken the blame for his elder brother who had killed two Bangladeshis and injured three others in an accident. Arsalan Parvez, younger son of a restaurant chain owner, had initially taken the blame for his elder brother, Raghib Parvez, who was driving a Jaguar which hit a Mercedes car. The Mercedes then hit a traffic kiosk which fell on people who had taken shelter from the rain and were sleeping.
CCTV footage later showed that Arsalan was not even present when the accident occurred. Raghib had fled to Dubai with help from his uncle but returned later and was arrested. His uncle, too, was arrested.