Maruti Suzuki officials chargesheeted in Car fire case

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Maruti Suzuki Ritz Fire

It’s been little over a year since Neha Verma and her 4-year-old son were killed when their Maruti Suzuki Ritz went in flames. Now, after a year of investigation, Whitefield police have filed the chargesheet and named the accused. The police have named 5 officials of Maruti Suzuki India and 8 employees of Kalyani Motors (service station). The car was last serviced at Kalyani Motors before the horrible incident. The accused have been booked under IPC Section 304 A (Causing death by negligence).

On February 2, 2018, Neha Verma was seen driving the ill-fated Maruti Ritz towards the basement parking of their apartment. Her 4-year-old son was seated along in the car. A little after, the apartment guards heard an explosion and reached the parking to find the car engulfed in flames. Fire services had to be pitched in to extinguish the fire.

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It was only after the fire was doused, people realized that Neha and her son were trapped in the car. Their bodies were charred beyond recognition. Primary investigation revealed that the car had come to a complete stop as the handbrake was engaged. The fumes caused by the fire could have knocked them unconscious and prevented them from escaping.

Neha’s husband Rajesh Ghatanatti alleged that the staff at Kalayni Motor were negligent during the last service and filed a complaint against them. It took about a year to investigate and the chargesheet has now been filed. A total of 13 people have been identified and named in the chargesheet based on the investigation, forensic reports, and witnesses.

What caused the Fire?

As per the chargesheet, the fire was caused by a short in the power window circuit and the fire spread through the wiring harness, setting fire to the entire car. WheelBHP cannot comment if the bad service or a manufacturing defect actually caused the fire. Maruti Suzuki is yet to issue a statement regarding this issue.

Image Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

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