Interior designer hits pedestrian, flees spot

KOLKATA: A 20-something woman, , hit a man with her car as he was walking the road in front of the Milan Mela ground early on Sunday morning. The victim, 48-year-old Harimohan Ram, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. The accused, Aditi Agarwal, tried to flee the spot after the , but the on-duty traffic sergeant chased down and .

Agarwal, an , had been returning from a night-long party in south Kolkata and was allegedly drunk when she was driving home. She was travelling towards Science City from Park Circus and was speeding when she reached Milan Mela. Ram was thrown in the air on impact and hit his head against the windscreen when he landed on the bonnet.

Agarwal allegedly did not stop the car and sped towards Beliaghata instead. The traffic sergeant on duty was already alerted about the incident and he informed the Beliaghata . Finding the road towards Beliaghata blocked, Agarwal allegedly took a U-turn and went into a five-star hotel near Parama Island. Cops chased and finally arrested her when she came out. “There were traces of hair and blood on the broken windscreen of her car,” said an officer.

“She tried to escape and took the service road near JBS Haldane Avenue. Before we could reach her, she entered a five star hotel,” said an officer. Though she initially, denied the allegations, Agarwal broke down during interrogation and confessed to hitting the man.

According to sources, Bihar-resident Ram worked as a labourer at Kolkata Leather Complex. He was going to work at around 6.30am on Sunday when the car hit him.

“The impact was such that the right-hand side of the bonnet caved in and the front mudguard was taken off. She was charged with sections 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 279 (rash driving) of IPC and Section 185 (drunken driving) of MV Act,” said an officer.

Her advocate Gopal Chandra Haldar said, “She is innocent and is being falsely charged. She cannot be charged with 304 (II) for the offence as the woman did not have any intention to commit a crime. Moreover, she was not drunk as is being claimed.”

Agarwal was remanded in police custody till November 27 by a city court.
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