Toyota Etios catches fire in Delhi, driver burns to death

Amit Moga, 38, a wholesale trader of gift items with a shop at Sadar Bazar in Old Delhi was charred to death as his white Toyota Etios car suddenly burst into flames at 10 pm on Thursday night. The incident occurred at Outer Ring road in Mangolpuri area when Moga was returning back to his godown in Sultanpuri, West Delhi after dinner.

Delhi man burnt to death in a Toyota EtiosEyewitnesses at the scene of  fire reported that the car Moga was travelling in suddenly caught fire as it neared Peera Garhi Chowk on the outer ring road. The fire was rapid and spread quickly leaving people shocked while Moga, despite desperate attempts, was unable to open the doors due to automatic locking mechanism sealing the doors of Toyota Etios. Onlookers even tried to break windows from a distance but failed in their attempts. The windows of the car cracked due to cabin heat and pressure but by then Moga had already choked to death on the fumes.

Later, Moga was removed from the charred car and taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Initial investigations reveal that the fire could have been caused due to short circuit in wiring or it could have even started from the engine.

Amit Moga is survived by his parents, wife and two children who reside in Pitampura in Northwest Delhi. Family members, when contacted suspect foul play. They are demanding an inquiry into the fire stating that the car could have been sabotaged by suspected business rivals. Moga’s brother in law, Raj Kumar stated that onlookers noticed two persons running away from the car just prior to it catching fire. Police are investigating this angle and are trying to track persons who were in contact with Moga preceding the incident.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor has not stated anything on the incident yet.

Via Times of India