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CCTV camera helped track down driver in BMW hit and run case in Delhi

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS): In the infamous BMW hit-and-run case in the nation’s capital, CCTV camera footage helped police track down the accused driver, police said Friday.

A 27-year-old man was arrested by Delhi police for ramming a high-speed BMW car into another car, killing two children sleeping on the pavement, while eight people were injured, a police official said .

The accused driver was identified as Sahil, a resident of Nirman Vihar in east Delhi.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Esha Pandey said a PCR call was received on June 10 in Hazrat Nizamuddin regarding an accident in which two to three people were injured under the Lodhi Road flyover .

Responding to the call from the PCR, the police rushed to the scene and learned that a Wagon R had been hit by a black luxury car.

Due to the force of the collision, Wagon R crushed people sleeping on the pavement below the Lodhi Road flyover.

The injured were transferred to the AIIMS trauma center where Roshini (6) and her brother Amir (10) were pronounced dead.

The driver of the Wagon R car said at around 4.30 a.m. as they were returning from Samrat hotel and heading towards Surya hotel via Lodhi road, that a driver of black colored luxury car who was driving fast hit their car.

The driver of the black car fled.

As the incident happened late at night and there was no one to witness except the injured, it was a very difficult task for the police.

The CCTV cameras installed near the flyover did not work at all.

After that, the police began to make efforts to first locate the route the black car had traveled after the incident.

To trace the route of the accused driver, nearly 60-70 cameras installed on the road to Oberoi Hotel, Lodhi Road, Barapulla Road and Lala Lajpat Rai Marg were checked.

It was just a camera that led to a breakthrough in the case.

“In one of the cameras, it was found that the vehicle after the accident had turned towards Neela Gumbad, Nizamuddin,” the official said.

Surveillance cameras on the road towards Zakir Hussain Marg, Sunder Nursery and Mathura Road were checked.

After analyzing CCTV footage from nearly 70-80 cameras, a black-colored luxury sedan was developed.

The vehicle was found to have taken a turn towards the Mathura road and headed towards the Ashram.

Police eventually reached the exact location of the accused driver.

During the interrogation of the defendant Sahil, it was revealed that he and his uncle were coming from the airport while he was driving the car.

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