In a chilling hit-and-run case, a car ran over dozens of people who were sleeping in a makeshift shelter home on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday killing five of them.
The two occupants of the car were drunk and have been arrested, said police.
The incident took place in Dalibagh area. A Rain Basera (shelter home) located opposite Bahukhandi MLA hostel came under the impact of the speedin Hyundai.
Two youth Ayush Rawat and Nikhil Arora were overpowered by local residents and handed over to Hazratganj police.
Ayush is son of a former MLA and stays at Vishal Khand, Gomtinagar. Nikhil is a son of a businessman and stays in an apartment in Gomtinagar. Both of them are close friends and often hang out together. Around 1.15am owner of the car Nikhil was heading back home from Dalibagh when he ran inside the shelter home. The car mowed down people who were sleeping. As he tried to reverse the car, more people were injured. Daily wage labourers and rickshaw pullers sleep in the shelter home which has been erected by an NGO.
Additional superintendent of Lucknow (east) Shivram Yadav said the medical test was conducted and alcohol, beyond permissible limits, was found inside the duo’s bloodstreams. The two were booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.