The Hush Post| 1:08 pm|one-minute-read|
A 35-year-old journalist was killed on Saturday morning after his motorcycle was hit by an IAS officer’s car in Thiruvananthapuram.
The victim has been identified as KM Basheer. Basheer is a native of Malappuram. He was working as the Chief of Bureau of Siraj Daily. Basheer was on his way home after attending an official meeting in Kollam when bureaucrat Sriram Venkatraman’s car hit him.
The incident occurred a stone’s throw away from the Museum police station. The officers could not save him despite rushing to the spot.
According to reports, survey director Venkataraman was travelling along with a friend at the time of the accident. Initially, there was some confusion regarding the driver of the car and it is said that the driver was in an inebriated state.
“There were conflicting statements. We have now confirmed from independent witnesses that Sreeram Venkitaraman was driving the vehicle,” Thiruvananthapuram Police Commissioner Dhinendra Kashyap said.
While the young IAS officer reportedly told police that his friend, the woman, was driving the car, a senior police official has confirmed that the woman has in her statement said Venkitaraman was behind the wheels.
The IAS officer, who was injured, has been admitted to a private hospital. An investigating team had met Venkatraman in the hospital to record his version.
A probe into the incident has been ordered.