New Hyundai Santro catches fire, brothers charred to death
Two teenaged brothers, Pankaj, 19 and Sumit, 16 died when their new Hyundai Santro car caught fire in Kapashera area in South West Delhi. The two brothers, both mentally challenged, were in the back seat of the car which was being driven by their uncle Yashveer, who managed to escape with help from people on the road.
Both brothers, Pankaj and Sumit, were charred to death while the uncle suffered 20% burn injuries. The uncle managed to escape death when locals broke open the window but the two boys in the back seat could not be rescued as the rear doors were locked due to automatic locking system.
The fire took place at around 6.30 pm when Yashveer, who is a driver with the security wing of Delhi Police, was taking his nephews to visit a relative. No details of the car are evident though it was noted to bear a Haryana registration number.
Yashveer told the police that he noted smoke emitting from the engine of the vehicle but by the time he managed to stop the car at the side of the road, the entire car was engulfed with smoke. Two fire tenders rushed to the spot but could not save the two brothers who were charred to death.
The Hyundai Santro in question was bought a few days ago and was not fitted with CNG. This is not the first time Hyundai Santro has caught fire. A similar incident was reported last year as well.
via Aaj Tak