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Road Rash, Final Take

Hyderabad’s superbike fetish is a killer. Ayazuddin is its last victim.

Road Rash, Final Take
P. Anil Kumar
Road Rash, Final Take
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It was an Id gift. A spanking new Suzuki GSX R1000 from cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin to his 19-year-old son Ayazuddin. The youngster couldn’t resist revving it up. On 11/9, Sunday morning, he slipped out of the house with the unregistered bike along with cousin Ajmal. He sent his older brother Asaduddin an SMS at 7.30 am, saying he was racing on Hyderabad’s swank but notorious Outer Ring Road on which bikes are not allowed. A worried Asaduddin replied right away, asking him to get back immediately but it was too late. About a couple of hours later, Ajmal was dead and Ayaz hung on to life on a ventilator in Apollo Hospital. Ayaz, a league cricketer, was scheduled to play a club match on Monday. He skipped cricket practice to go racing on the ORR.

He’s not alone. There have been 32 accidents on the ORR stretch this year, 11 of them involving superbikes. Manish Kumar Sinha, DCP Madhapur, says in all possibility Ayaz had taken his bike out for a test ride, and that the accident took place near a toll-gate where the...

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