DTC victim was on way to attend college festival

Naveen, the 17-year-old boy killed in the DTC bus accident on Friday, had come to the Capital to attend his friend’s college festival.

An 11th standard student of HDM Public School at Palwal in Haryana, Naveen was invited by his 19-year-old friend Prabhu Dayal to attend ‘Accenture’, the annual festival of Delhi University’s Acharya Narendra Dev College.

“Naveen was one of my best friends. He left home at 8.30 am and had taken a train from Palwal railway station to Okhla railway station. We were supposed to meet at noon. When I invited him to the festival, I never thought I would never see him again,” said Prabhu, a BSc first-year student at Acharya Narendra Dev College in Kalkaji.

Naveen was hit by the DTC bus when he came out of Okhla railway station. He was walking under Modi Mill flyover near Capt Gaur Marg when the accident happened.

Prabhu said a police officer informed him about the accident when he rang Naveen’s cellphone.
“When Naveen did not contact me at noon, I rang him. Then a policeman answered and asked for my identity. In the same breath, he told me that Naveen had been killed in an accident. I was completely shocked,” said Prabhu.

He informed Naveen’s brother, Lakhan, and went to AIIMS trauma centre to identify the body. The body will be handed over to the family after a post-mortem.

The DTC driver, Devender, 38, said he lost control and rammed into a wall. Three more persons were injured in the accident. The bus was plying between Sriniwaspuri DTC depot and Mehrauli.
He said the brakes had failed. He has been arrested and a case has been registered against him with Amar Colony police station.
The bus was also impounded and sent to Okhla Industrial Estate police station.

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