SRINAGAR Police on Saturday claimed to have solved a hit-and-run case in Srinagar by arresting the driver involved.
A police spokesperson in a statement said: On 24.09.2018 during evening time, an old man was mowed down by an unknown vehicle, who died later in the hospital. The deceased was identified as Syed Muzaffar Shah son of Syed Raza Shah resident of Sharibhat, Zadibal.
During the investigation police scanned the CCTV footage from nearby ATMs and shops to check the registration number of the vehicle. However, the footage could not show much in detail, he said adding after in-depth investigation and help from various sources police could finally crack the case after an eyewitness said a white colour vehicle 207 Tata Mobile was involved in the accident.
The driver was later arrested and the vehicle seized, he said.
The accused has been identified as Akhtar Rasool Rather son of Ghulam Rasool Rather resident of Margalari Budgam and the vehicle registered as JK05A 6921.
Road accidents in the state have witnessed a steep increase over the past few years.
The number of road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir which claim around one thousand lives per year is double than the national average based on population of the state, a recent report said.
As per that report in 2015, 917 people lost their lives in 5,800 road accidents in the state.
In 2016, 910 lives were claimed and over 8,000 suffered injuries by road accidents. That means three people die on an average on the roads daily in the state.
Between 2011 and 2014, 3960 people lost their lives by road accidents and more than 30,000 people were injured in over 20,000 road accidents.