In a horrific road accident, a 30-year-old PhD student from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has died after getting hit by a speeding car near IIT Delhi on Tuesday night. This bright IIT Delhi student had recently cracked a job interview in London and was hoping to kick-start his career there.

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The police said the driver, who rammed into Ashraf Nawaz Khan (30) and Ankur Shukla (29), has been identified as Avihant Sherawat, a resident of Mahipalpur.

Further investigation is underway.

On that fateful night, Ashraf Khan and Ankur Shukla were on their way back after having dinner at a restaurant in the SDA market.

An oncoming car rammed into them while they were crossing the road near Gate Number 1.

Both men were injured due to the impact and rushed to a hospital. Khan died while undergoing treatment at Safdarjung hospital. Shukla, who sustained a fractured leg, is admitted to Max hospital, Saket.

The car was found abandoned in a damaged condition some distance away from the scene of the accident.

In a statement, IIT Delhi said on the night of January 17, two PhD students from the textile and fibre engineering department met with a tragic road accident outside the campus.

“Police are investigating the accident. The institute community mourns the loss of its student and extends its heartfelt condolences to his family. We are also praying for the quick recovery of Ankur Shukla. The institute is providing all necessary support to the families of both students,” the statement said.