Hyderabad: The Shamshabad Rural Police investigating the Outer Ring Road car fire mishap suspect that a short circuit from wires allegedly damaged by rats could have led to the fire in the car.
The victim, identified as N Sudheer (45), an orthopedic doctor with a private hospital in the city and a resident of Shivaji Nagar in Kukatpally, had made a call to his wife Supraja while on his way to attend a function in Ongole of Andhra Pradesh, saying that rats had chewed into the wires near the steering wheel.
Police said on Saturday 7.30 pm, when Sudheer reached near Pedda Golconda on the ORR in Shamshabad, fire broke out from the engine, which immediately spread to the fuel tank and led to an explosion.
“With all the doors being locked and the sudden flames erupted, he was helpless and could not open the doors or escape. He was engulfed in flames and died on the spot and the car was gutted in fire,” said an official, adding that more details would be made known in the Call Data Records and after technical analysis.
The driver’s body was charred beyond recognition and the investigators had collected CCTV footage from the ORR entry point. Using the phone number linked to the e-challan issued on the car, they identified the victim and the last call which was made to his wife, who told the police about Sudheer mentioning the damaged wires. Based on circumstantial evidence, police suspect the damaged wires near the steering wheel could have ignited fire in the engine. However, they maintained that they need to take technical support to confirm this.
The police, who said the case is being investigated from all possible angles, have also decided to write to the Regional Transport Authority and the Honda Company for technical details of the car. They are also seeking the help of automobile experts.
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