On 3rd of October, 2018, Indian Army Captain Chaitanya Keshav Sharma and Lieutenant Dixit Bali met with an accident when their car fell down a 250-feet gorge in Dharamshala Military Cantt. According to the sources, the incident took place on Wednesday when both the Indian Army officers were coming back to Palampur. In this accident Captain Chaitanya Keshav Sharma died of severe injuries while Lieutenant Dixit Bali is undergoing treatment at Dharamshala Zonal Hospital.
How did the Incident Happen?
The sources said that Captain Chaitanya Keshav Sharma and Lieutenant Bali were posted to 33 Mountain Division in Palampur and were posted in Dharamshala. After completing their daily duty, they both were returning back to Palampur when their car (HR-10U-7744) slipped into a 250-feet gorge. The Superintendent of Police (SP) has commented that the actual reason of accident is yet to be determined. But the accident took place at 3:30 AM.
Currently, a police case has been registered under Section 279, 337 and 304A and has started the investigation into the accident. Lieutenant Dixit Bali is still undergoing treatment at Dharamshala Military Hospital and his condition is stable now.
About Chaitanya Keshav Sharma & Dixit Bali
Chaitanya Keshav Sharma was a 24-year-old Captain in the Indian Army who hails from Sonepat, Haryana. He was recently commissioned and was given posting in Palampur. His companion Lieutenant Dixit Bali was a 22-year-old officer who was a resident of Shimla. He was posted with Chaitanya Keshav. During the early hours of 3rd October, both were returning back to Palampur after their shift completed. However, on the way back to their room, they met with the accident.
In the car accident, Chaitanya Keshav Sharma was declared brought dead while Dixit Bali is undergoing treatment.
As per the latest information, the body of Captain Chaitanya Keshav Sharma has been handed over to his family after Dharamshala Hospital conducted his postmortem.
About Section 279, 337 and 304A:
Section 279: Section 279 in The Indian Penal Code stated rash driving or driving on a public way. The driver who drives a vehicle in a rash manner and puts the co-drivers life in danger shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 6 months, or a fine up to 1 thousand rupees, or both.
Section 337: Section 337 in The Indian Penal Code states causing hurt to his life or putting others lives in danger. Under Section 337, the person shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 6 months, or a fine of up to 500 rupees, or both.
Section 304A: Section 304A in The Indian Penal Code states the death of driver due to rash driving. Whosoever causes the death due to rash diving shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 2 years of imprisonment, or a fine, or both.