Jaipur: In a tragic mishap, a car participating in Indian National Rally Championship mowed down three members of a family killing them on the spot in a Barmer village of Rajasthan on Saturday. Arjun Awardee car racer Gaurav Gill was driving the car at an speed of 150 km per hour. Once Gaurav’s car hit the victims and threw them onto the road, two other cars also run over them. Gaurav escaped from the spot after the accident.
Negligence on part of the police and organizers has been cited as it is alleged that safety measures were not being followed.
The victims were identified as Nemichand Sargara (42), his wife Pushpa (40) and 14-year-old son Jitendra. They were on a bike when the car being driven by Gaurav Gill hit them. According to preliminary reports, the victims were on their way to their agriculture farm around 8.30 am. They died on the spot after the accident.
The championship was being organized in Hortada village in Samdadi police station area of Barmer.
As the news of the accident spread in the area, the villagers gathered on the spot in large numbers and refused to remove the bodies from the spot accusing the organisers and administration of negligence. Additional police force was deployed in the area to maintain law and order.
In 2013, Gaurav Gill became the first Indian driver to win the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. He was conferred Arjun Award earlier this year.