Police record arrest of Sriram Venkitaraman; statement of Wafa taken
Thiruvananthapuram: Police recorded the secret statement of Wafa Firoz who was along with Survey Director Sriram Venkitaraman at the time of accident which resulted in the death of a journalist. The statement of Wafa was recorded at the Vanchiyoor First Class Magistrate court on Saturday.
Meanwhile, police recorded the arrest of Sriram Venkitaraman who is undergoing treatment at the hospital after the accident. Police have booked a non-bailable case against him.
The 33-year-old IAS officer who was appointed Survey Director by the state cabinet on Thursday, was behind the wheel when the accident occurred. Sriram was accompanied by model-friend Wafa Firoze, the owner of the luxury car.
The rashly driven car hit the stationary motorcycle of K Muhammed Basheer (35), Bureau Chief of Malayalam newspaper 'Siraj', at Museum road in the heart of the city as he was returning home from work.
According to police, a case has been registered under section IPC 279 (rash driving on a public way) and 304A (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against the two accused.
Eyewitnesses told television channels that the car overtook some autorickshaws and hit the motorcycle at a high speed.
Though Venkitaraman had earlier reportedly stated that his friend was driving the car, the woman later in her statement told police categorically that it was the IAS officer who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.
"There were conflicting statements on who drove the car. We have now confirmed from independent witnesses that Sriram Venkitaraman was driving the vehicle," IGP and Thiruvananthapuram Police commissioner, Dhinendra Kashyap, told PTI.
The blood samples and statement of the official has also been taken.