In a gruesome accident, an IAS officer’s speeding car in Kerala has mowed down a journalist, who was riding a bike, near the Museum junction in Trivandrum in the wee hours of Saturday. The journalist, 35-year-old Basheer, who was working as a Bureau Chief with a Malayalam News Daily, Siraj died.
The car was driven by an IAS officer, Sriram Venkataraman, who is currently holding the post of Survey Director. The car was allegedly driven by an IAS Official in an inebriated condition and a woman was also seated in it. Soon after the accident, rejecting the rumours of rash driving, Sriram Venkataraman clarified that he was not driving the car. Though the journalist was rushed to the nearby hospital, the doctors confirmed that he was brought dead.
Some eyewitness said the car was driven by Survey Department Director, Sriram Venkataraman IAS, the official told the police that the car was driven by Ms Wafa Firoze, who was along with him. Police said CCTV visuals will be examined to ascertain the fact in view of their contradictory statements.The IAS official, who also sustained a fracture on his hands was admitted in a private hospital here. According to the locals, the speeding car hit the bike which was parked on the roadside, at 1.30 hours.
Sriram Venkataraman’s co-passenger, Wafa Firoze, who is a model-cum-business woman, is being questioned by women police officers at Museum police station. Earlier, there was a rumour that Museum police had allowed the girl to go free after the accident.
Senior Journalist Basheer is hailing from Malappuram is survived by his wife Jaseela and two daughters--Jenna and Asmi.
But there is allegation that the Museum Police neither did collect his blood sample, nor admitted him a government hospital. Instead, Police took the IAS officer straight away to a private hospital. But Police said that the blood samples of Sriram Venkataraman has been collected.
Sriram Venkataraman is a controversial IAS officer who had drawn flak from Pinarayi Government for boldly evicting encroachers at Munnar as a sub-collector at Devikulam . Soon, he was transferred from Munnar.