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BY: Nadeem Ahmad Malla

On a fateful evening, on 20th November we were shocked to hear about the unfortunate incident in which Parvez Ahmad, our beloved dear one was hit by an unknown vehicle causing very serious injuries to him. Parvez Ahmad, a resident of Botingoo Sopore was a Private school teacher and was a noble soul.

On Friday 20th November, he left home with his motor bike and at about 7:00 pm met with an accident near Hathlangoo village, where an unknown vehicle hit his Motor bike. In this terrible accident, Parvez was severely injured while his pillion mate Shakir Ahanger, also received injuries. Both the injured were rushed to Sub District Hospital Sopore, from where Parvez was referred to SKIMS Soura.

Police took cognizance of the incident and lodged an FIR wide FIR no. 330/2020 dated 20/11/20 under section 279, 337 and 304A of IPC at Police station Warapora. On the next day Parvez succumbed to his injuries in SKIMS. On the sad demise of deceased, many organizations including Private School Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) expressed profound grief. Indeed it was an irreparable loss to the education sector, especially to Islamia Public School Warapora, where he was working as Principal.

More than 40 days are gone but culprits still haven’t been arrested. Police haven’t even found any clue about the incident which shows apathy on the part of authorities. I have some serious questions for the authorities, How long shall we wait for justice? Shall we ever get it? How long will the culprits of hit and run incidents roam freely?

This is not the case of Parvez Ahmad alone but thousands of others have also been victimized by rash drivers and the saddest part of the story is that, victims seldom get justice. Hit and run cases, which comprise of 30% of road accidents in India, hardly reach the logical conclusion. Reports suggest that only 10% of hit and run culprits are booked which actually is not a good sign.

National Crime records Bureau report for year 2019 says that 47,530 people were killed in Hit and Run cases out of more than 1 lakh road accident deaths. Such cases have now become so common that we easily ignore such news stories. In such unfortunate incidents, driver involved in road accident doesn’t surrender or stop after accident even though the accident is so serious that it causes death to the victim. Rather the involved driver flees the scene. This indeed makes it difficult for investigating agencies to find out the culprit easily which finally leads to tiresome wait for justice for the victim’s family.

I request the authorities for speedy inquiry of above mentioned case so that justice is not delayed further. We strongly believe that we won’t be disappointed.

  • The writer is the brother of the Hit and Run victim.


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