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Speed thrilled, killed 200 kmph Ayaz

Mohammad Ayazuddin’s damaged motorcycle outside a police station in Hyderabad. PTI

udding cricketer Mohammad Ayazuddin, 19, son of former cricketer and Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin, was trying to break his past speed record of 220 km per hour when he and his cousin Azmal-ur-Rahman, 17, met with an accident last Sunday. Azmal died soon after the accident and Ayazuddin on Friday.

Ayazuddin's Suzuki GSX R1000 bike, which can reach 270-280 kmph on race tracks, was an Eid gift from his father and is yet to be registered with the transport authorities. However, Ayaz was taking out this 1,000 cc bike for test rides for at least 10 days before the accident.Image 2nd

According to Azmal's friend Shaad Ali Khan, 17, who was supposed to join Ayaz and Azmal on Sunday morning, they had planned to have a "fun race". "I got an invitation from Azmal to join a bike race where Ayaz would break his own record of 220 km per hour. But I woke up late at 8.30 a.m. and so could not join them," said Shaad, a student of St. Mary's College. Shaad was apprehensive about Ayaz's plan, but Azmal was confident of Ayaz's driving skills. He was more confident about the superbike, which can reach 100 kmph in 10 seconds.Image 3rd

The duo took out the bike at around 6 a.m. and headed for the six-lane Outer Ring Road (ORR) that connects Shamshabad International Airport to the national highways to Bangalore and Mumbai. The ORR has a speed limit of 120 kmph, which youngsters have been regularly violating while racing their bikes. The bike skidded at Puppalaguga checkpost, 18 km from the airport and the two fell. A Meru Cab passenger saw them and called the police at 7.15 a.m. By the time a police vehicle reached the spot it was 8 a.m. The boys were taken to the Apollo Hospital at 8.30 a.m. The doctors declared Azmal "brought dead". Ayaz was admitted to the intensive care unit with severe chest, kidney and head injuries. The doctors said that the duo must have been dragged by the bike a few hundred metres as there were many bruises on their bodies. The police came to know that Ayaz was Azhar's son from an incoming call to his cell phone.

The police informed Azharuddin, who was in London, of the accident. He returned to Mumbai by a private jet belonging to the Essar group. Ayaz's mother and Azhar's first wife Naureen, who stays in Dubai, reached by noon. Ayaz stays with his grandfather at his father's house. Azhar has an elder son, Mohammmad Asaduddin, also a cricketer. Doctors declared Ayazuddin dead at 11.45 a.m. on Friday, even as Azharuddin and his family members were getting ready to offer prayers at a mosque. Apollo Hospital CEO Dr K. Hariprasad told the media that the vitals of Ayazuddin, who was on ventilator, stopped functioning. A large number of VIPs, including Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and other politicians arrived at the hospital to console Azhar and his family members.

Bike races between midnight and early morning are becoming quite common in the city's posh areas. Cyberabad police commissioner T. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao voiced concern over the unauthorized use of the ORR for such races. "As we stepped up vigil on Jubilee Hills roads to ensure that they cannot be used for drag racing (racing after drinking or taking drugs), the youth turned to ORR," he told this newspaper. The ORR, still under development, has become a death trap, with 12 fatal accidents taking place here in the last eight months. Telugu actor and former MLA Kota Srinivasa Rao's son Prasad died in an accident on ORR at Gachibowli, while riding his 1,000 cc bike in June. Film star and former MLA Babu Mohan's son died in a bike accident at Jubilee Hills in January.

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