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By Sanjay Sharma, Srishti Ojha: Delhi Police filed a chargesheet in the Kanjhawala death case, naming seven accused in the hit, drag and run case that killed a 20-year-old woman. In the document, the police stated that the accused had “ample opportunities” to save the victim and that the crime was carried out in two parts.

The first, where the victim’s scooter was hit, and the second, when she was dragged by the “offending vehicle” for nearly 12 km from Delhi’s Sultanpuri to Kanjhawala.

Anjali was dragged despite the knowledge of the accused during the wee hours of January 1. Delhi Police’s chargesheet invoked murder charges against four accused, namely Amit Khanna, Krishan, Manoj Mittal and Mithun, who were seated in the offending vehicle at the time of the accident and dragged the victim.

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They were slapped with charges under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. In the document, the police said that the victim could have been saved had the accused stopped or did not have guilty intent.

“The accused had ample opportunity to save the victim but they intentionally and knowingly dragged her with the intention of killing,” the chargesheet filed by Delhi Police read.

“In furtherance of their ill intention, plan and active participation, the accused persons finally killed her in a gruesome manner,” it added.

‘DRAGGING VICTIM CLARIFIED GUILTY INTENT OF ACCUSED’

Delhi Police stated that the accused dragged the deceased by the vehicle, which concluded the guilty intent of the accused. It underlined the fold of events to frame charges.

The chargesheet stated, “… the guilty intent became clear and the knowledge part has been established by the fact that accused persons stopped the offending vehicle just after about 500-600 meters from the place of incident and two accused persons, who were sitting at the rear seat of the offending vehicle and one other person from the front seat, (driver side) came out of the offending vehicle and checked whether the victim was still stuck under the car or not.

‘ACCUSED AWARE THE ACT WAS SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE DEATH’

Delhi Police further noted that the act of the accused persons was so “imminently dangerous that it, in all probability, was sufficient to cause death, or such bodily injury as is likely to cause death, and the act of the accused persons was without any excuse for incurring the risk of causing death or such injuries”.

Taking cognizance of the chargesheet, Delhi’s Rohini court listed the matter for a hearing on April 18.

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