Zomato worker among 3 dead in east Delhi crash

Nearly hours after three people were killed in a road accident in Shakarpur, east Delhi, Delhi police have identified one of the victims as a Zomato delivery executive. The deceased, Guddu Prasad (30), was riding a bicycle when a car, suspected of speeding, hit him. He was thrown into the air.

The other two people who died – Jyoti (17) and her sister Bharti (19) – were inside the car and became trapped after it rolled over four to six times due to the collision .

Police say the incident happened around 1 a.m. Sunday. While the sisters were identified shortly after the incident, it took almost eight to nine hours to identify Guddu.

“He was wearing a Zomato t-shirt. His phone, wallet and other personal belongings were all damaged. The bike was in poor condition. We tried to contact everyone, including the company, but couldn’t find any clues. The investigating officer then traced the number to the bicycle and made contact with friends who identified the deceased,” an officer said.

Soon after his identification, the team and his friends notified his family members, who live in Kolkata. Guddu lived alone in Delhi. His family said he worked in a mall in New Delhi but lost his job during the lockdown. To survive, he took odd jobs during the lockdown and joined Zomato about seven months ago.

“He usually worked late at night. He wanted to keep a stable income and send money to maa. He usually sent Rs 2,000 to 4,000 home. Ma spoke to him around 8 p.m. Saturday. She urged him to come home; he hadn’t visited us since January 2021. The company should help us,” said Krishna Prasad (33), Guddu’s older brother, who works at a movie theater in Calcutta.

A Zomato spokesperson said Guddu was off duty when the incident occurred. “We have accident insurance as well as a financial support service that we offer according to the needs of the family. Our local branch will be in touch with the family,” a company official said.

His brother added: “I can’t remember the last time I spoke to him. He had borrowed a friend’s bike for work. During the confinement in 2020, he asked me for money and I sent some. After a while he asked again but I told him I had no money. He never asked again.

Krishna’s parents and other family members performed the last rites near Ghaziabad on Monday.

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