IAS officer : A 35 year old journalist killed on Saturday after his vehicle was hit by an IAS officer’s car in Thiruvananthapuram. The departed journalist identified as KM Basheer, a native from Malappuram. Basheer was working as bureau chief of Siraj Daily.
The accident happened near Museum police station and despite police officer’s measures , they could not save him.
In addition to this, there was some confusion regarding the driver of the vehicle. Believed that whomsoever drove the vehicle probably in drunk state.
Though Venkitaraman earlier stated that his friend drove the car and not him. But, a woman present at the location told in her statement that it was IAS officer who was driving at the time of accident.
There were conflicting statements. We have now confirmed from independent witnesses that Sreeram Venkitaraman was driving the vehicle,” police Commissioner Dhinendra Kashyap said in an interview.
Moreover, the violent bang between the two vehicles scattered broken pieces of parts around the place. Also, along with the blood stains found, Basheer’s slippers and some documents also captured from the accident spot.
Immediately after the accident which took place at 1 am on Saturday, Basheer rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital.
According to the police’s statements, a case has been registered against Sreeram Venkitaraman under IPC :
Section 279 – Rash driving on a public way
Section 304 A -(punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder)
Survey and Land Records Director #SriramVenkitaraman allegedly drove the car that slammed into senior journalist K. M. Basheer’s motorbike near the Public Office complex at Thiruvananthapuram early on Saturday. https://t.co/Nv2Svzyz8S #Kerala
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However, Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) ) is demanding a proper and thorough investigation of the case to bring the guilty IAS officer in forefront.