A man was burnt alive in Hyderabad after the car that he was driving on the city's Outer Ring Road (ORR) caught fire on Wednesday near Sultanpur village in Sangareddy district's Ameenpur mandal.
Visuals of the incident showed the car, parked on one side of the road, even as locals filmed it. The deceased has been identified as Ganta Venkata Giri, who resided in Bowranpet and worked as an Assistant Manager at the Gangavaram Port's office in the city. He was on his way to work in Banjara Hills when the incident occurred. The vehicle was later identified as a Maruthi Suzuki Celerio.
â€śI was on the service road when I noticed the car in flames on the ORR. Two others and I ran for about 100 metres along the car, banging on the doors before it came to a halt on the extreme left lane. We screamed asking the man in the driverâ€™s seat to get out. We opened the left front door to pull the driver out, but due to the intensity of the blaze we moved away. The man in the driverâ€™s seat could not open the door and he was burnt alive,â€ť ToI quoted an eye-witness as saying in his statement to the police.
"As soon as we received a distress call, the fire engine was dispatched from Patancheru. The car was totally burnt but the fire was still raging when we reached. We found a completely charred body in the car after we doused the flames. The body was handed over to the local police for further investigation," a fire official at the spot told reporters.
A post-mortem was conducted at the Patancheru Government Hospital following which the body was handed over to the family of the deceased. Investigation officials are yet to ascertain what could have led to the vehicle catching fire on the road.