Three people were killed and several others, including four police officers, were injured when a speeding BMW car rammed into an autorickshaw and a police van near St Xavier’s School in Jaipur on Friday night.
Police said the car was allegedly being driven by Siddharth Maharia, son of Sikar MLA Nand Kishore Maharia.
The incident took place at around 1:50 am, when Siddharth along with his cousin Jayant were going to their house in Jalupura in a BMW 520d Sedan. The speeding car collided with an autorickshaw, killing three people on the spot and injuring one, before ramming into a PCR van of the Ashok Nagar police station.
Both Siddharth and Jayant have been detained.
“Two of the deceased have been identified as Jethalal and Kailash, while the other man couldn’t be identified. Another man, Anil, who was with them in the auto, sustained injuries and was admitted to the trauma centre of SMS Hospital,” said an official of the police station.
Four police officers were also injured in the accident. Assistant sub-inspector Rajju Singh sustained injuries to his head and was admitted to SMS Hospital. Officials said his condition was stable. The other three officers sustained minor injuries.
“Prima facie it appears that Siddharth was driving the car although more can be said after further investigation. Currently medical tests are being conducted to ascertain whether they were under the influence of alcohol,” said deputy commissioner of police (south) Manish Agarwal.
Ashok Nagar station house officer Bala Ram said the bodies have been sent for post mortem. He said the car was being driven at a high speed.
“An FIR has been lodged in this regard and after we receive the medical reports, relevant sections of the IPC will be decided. Chances are that the case will be registered under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder),” said Agarwal.
Despite repeated attempts, Siddharth’s father MLA Nand Kishore Maharia could not be reached for comment.