Drunken driving and journalist’s death: IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman arrested

Drunken driving and journalist’s death: IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman arrested

Agency News

Police on Saturday have arrested IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman for drunken driving that killed one senior journalist at Trivandrum, Kerala.

Police officially registered the arrest of Sriram Venkataraman at a private hospital in Trivandrum where he was being treated after the accident. Police told media that the arrest was made on the non-bailable offence. Police officials said that Sriram would continue in the hospital under police custody. Police will submit the remand report to the Magistrate soon.

Police had earlier confirmed that the car which mowed down a senior lournalist Basheer was driven by Sriram Venkataraman. After initial investigation, Trivandrum City Police Commissioner IG Sanjay Kumar Garud confirmed that Sriram Venkataraman was on the driver's seat when the accident happened.

IG refuted the early rumours that both Sriram and Wafa who was there in the car along with Sreeram had told Museum police that the car was not driven by Sreeram. Some eyewitnesses including the autorickshaw drivers also confirmed that the inebriated Sreeram was on the driver's seat.

The accident was happened in the wee hours of Saturday near the Museum at Trivandrum. The car which lost control mowed down the senior journalist Basheer who was sitting on his bike at the road side. Though Basheer was rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital, he passed away by the time they reached.

Sriram sustained minor injuries and has been admitted to the KIMS hospital, where the police have recorded his statement. His blood has been drawn for testing blood alcohol limits to ascertain if he was driving under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.

As a young, brave and honest IAS officer, Sriram Venkataraman had erupted into the media as well as the public with his brave initiative against unlawful encroachers in the hill station of Munnar in Kerala. Sriram Venkataraman who had drawn flak from Pinarayi Government for boldly evicting encroachers at Munnar as a sub-collector at Devikulam . Soon, he was transferred by the Pinarayi-led LDF government from Munnar. He was an IAS topper in the 2012 civil services exam.