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Bike stunt kills JNU students

New Delhi, April 18: Three young men, all postgraduate students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, died early today after the motorcycle they were riding skidded, hurtled 100ft across the road and slammed into a divider on the campus before crashing into a tree.

Ravi Kumar Gupta, Ravi Chaudhary and Santosh, all in their mid-20s, were final-year students of Korean language. While Gupta and Chaudhary were from Bihar, Santosh was from Jharkhand.

A senior police officer said the accident took place on the university campus around 1.30am when Chaudhary, said to have been riding the bike at high speed, tried a stunt and lost control. “The three students were returning from Tapti hostel on the campus after a late-night party with friends. Chaudhary was riding the bike at high speed. Neither he, nor the pillion riders had helmets on.”

Some of their friends were following them on other motorcycles, the officer added.

Pradeep Topo, a security guard who was on duty near the accident spot, said a guard deployed near Tapti hostel had told him over the phone that three students over-speeding on a bike were on their way towards the eastern gate of the campus. “Before I could stop them, I heard a screeching noise. When I rushed out, I saw the three students on a bike crashing into a divider and then ramming into a tree.”

Topo said everything happened in a split second. “I immediately called the university ambulance that took them to hospital.”

Chaudhary died on the spot. Gupta and Santosh succumbed to injuries at the AIIMS trauma centre.

One of the students who had followed the victims on his motorcycle said Chaudhary was riding the bike. “Chaudhary lost control and the two-wheeler skidded. As the bike was in high speed, it dragged along the road for around 100ft before colliding with the divider. Chaudhary’s head crashed into the divider. The other two also slammed into the divider.”

All three stayed on the university campus. A PTI report said Chaudhary, the class topper, had represented his department in a competition in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Chaudhary, youngest among three brothers and two sisters, was from Khavaspur, a village around 12km from Chhapra, the district headquarters of Saran.

Chaudhary’s mother stays in the village while his father, Yaman Prasad, a retired clerk, stays in Hazaribagh, where the JNU student’s elder brother is a businessman. Sources said Chaudhary was popular back home and the whole village was in mourning.

In Gaya, Gupta’s parents hadn’t been told yet that their son was dead. Relatives have just told them he had met with an accident.

The last time Tapan Prasad and Leela Devi saw their elder son was when Gupta had come for a cousin’s wedding in early March.

Nawal Kishore Gupta, Gupta’s maternal uncle, said one of the other two boys who died had got a job with a handsome pay. “He had organised a party. The three were on a bike accompanying some other boys. As there was a light shower in Delhi last night, the roads were slippery,” he told The Telegraph.

Gupta’s parents live in a single-storey house in Bageshwari, towards the northern end of Gaya. His father, who suffers from heart-related ailments, runs a small shop in the house. The couple’s younger son, Rohit Kumar, is in the air force. They also have a daughter.

No details were available on Santosh’s background.