Thiruvananthapuram: A younger journalist of a neighborhood newspaper was killed early Saturday when a automobile pushed by an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), allegedly in an inebriated state, mowed him down.
The 33-year-old IAS officer, Sreeram Venkitaraman, who was appointed Survey Director by the state cupboard on Thursday, was behind the wheel when the accident occurred, a senior police officer mentioned. Venkitaraman, additionally a medical physician and Fullbright Fellow, had not too long ago returned to the state after finishing greater research overseas. He was accompanied by model-friend Wafa Firoze, the proprietor of the luxurious automobile.
The rashly pushed automobile hit the stationary bike of Okay Muhammed Basheer (35), bureau chief of Malayalam newspaper ‘Siraj’, at Museum street within the coronary heart of the town as he was returning house from work. Elements of the bike and the automobile have been strewn round and Basheer’s slippers and a few articles have been discovered metres away from the accident spot. Blood stains have been seen on the street.
In accordance with the police, a case has been registered below part IPC 279 (rash driving on a public approach) and 304A (punishment for culpable murder not amounting to homicide) towards the 2 accused.
Eyewitnesses informed tv channels that the automobile overtook some autorickshaws and hit the bike at a excessive pace. As a result of affect of the collision, Basheer was thrown off his bike, struggling critical accidents and died on the spot.
Although Venkitaraman had earlier reportedly acknowledged that his buddy wad driving the automobile, the girl later in her assertion categorically informed police that it was the IAS officer who was behind the wheel on the time of the crash.
“There have been conflicting statements on who drove the automobile. We’ve got now confirmed from unbiased witnesses that Sreeram Venkitaraman was driving the car,” Inspector Common of Police (IGP) and Thiruvananthapuram Police commissioner, Dhinendra Kashyap, informed PTI.
Venkitaraman, who can be mentioned to be injured, was admitted to a non-public hospital right here. The blood samples and assertion of the official has additionally been taken.
Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) has demanded a correct and truthful investigation within the case to convey the responsible to ebook. Transport Minister AK Saseendran mentioned IAS officers ought to set an instance for others by following guidelines and laws strictly. Steps can be taken to cancel the driving license of the accused, he informed reporters.
Expressing deep shock and grief, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned the media fraternity had misplaced a member who had a shiny future.
Chief of Opposition, Ramesh Chennithala and Devaswom minister, Kadakkampally Surendran, have been amongst those that expressed grief on the loss of life of the journalist who leaves behind his spouse and two kids.
The KUWJ has additionally shot off separate letters to Vijayan and DGP Loknath Behera, demanding an neutral and clear probe into the incident and that culprits be booked.