Indian driver accused of burning cars during street racetrack race

Written by Staff Writer by Kanishka Singh, CNN Indian police are investigating a driver for allegations of assault and sabotage after several race cars at an underground racetrack were damaged. Drivers reported that an…

Indian driver accused of burning cars during street racetrack race

Written by Staff Writer by Kanishka Singh, CNN

Indian police are investigating a driver for allegations of assault and sabotage after several race cars at an underground racetrack were damaged.

Drivers reported that an unidentified man drove up onto the track at an underground racetrack in New Delhi on November 7. The man then allegedly set on fire some of the cars parked nearby.

“That evening, some drivers in the pit lane saw a man walking around the pit lane, then walk up to the front of a car and set it on fire,” police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told CNN.

“After that, we received reports that a man entered the circuit near the lane closest to the race cars and set on fire two cars.”

Nearly 50 cars took part in the weekend event.

The arrested man was said to be in his 30s, and works as a mechanic, Bhagat said.

“He admitted to burning the cars, but told us he did it in a fit of anger after a driver accidentally knocked him down and he lost his temper,” Bhagat said.

Thinking they were having some fun, many drivers gathered at the track on Sunday to swap details and examine the damaged cars, but many did not think they were the attackers.

“The idea of the track was to have a race with minimal infrastructure and maximum people. It was also meant to be a neutral site,” the track’s official website reads.

The the event was hosted by street racing promoter Bare Farms Street Circuit and part of the Delhi Metro network.

One driver who was at the track at the time of the alleged attack told the Hindustan Times that the incident had discouraged him from participating in the event.

Rajesh Gupta, the event’s organizer, said he would make the track “more secure.”

Bhagat said the investigations were ongoing.

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