Man dies as Honda City car catches fire

An Afgan national died and five others suffered injuries in a car accident on the Rao Tula Ram flyover in South Campus area on Thursday morning. Police said Qasim (22), a resident of Lajpat Nagar, was returning from a nightclub in a Honda City with five friends when the car overturned and caught fire.

The injured persons were identified as Mohammad Idris (23), Ahmed Khalid (20), Sherula (26), Haseena and Athra. While Idris's condition is reportedly critical, doctors said the others are recovering.

Police said the six were going to Lajpat Nagar from a Gurgaon mall when the accident occurred. Police said they were under the influence of alcohol. A police officer said, "Qasim was driving the car. When the car reached Rao Tula Marg flyover, it crashed into the divider, overturned and caught fire. While the others managed to get out, Qasim was trapped inside, and was charred to death."

Qasim suffered 100 per cent burns. "Qasim's legs were trapped between his seat and the steering wheel," the officer said. Khalid was supposed to return to his home in Kabul on Friday, he added.

Police came to know about the incident around 5.30 am, when passersby made a PCR call. While Haseena and Athra were taken to Fortis Hospital, Idris, Khalid and Sherula were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. The Fire department was informed, and tenders were rushed to the spot to put off the blaze.

Qasim had come to India in 2008, along with his parents, wife and sisters. He and Idris worked as medical facilitators-cum-translators at hospitals across the Capital, providing assistance to Afghan refugees. Naeem, brother of Qasim, said, "He did not tell me where he was going. He went out with a few friends and did not return home last night. I came to know only after I received a call from the police in the morning."

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