BMW drowning in Yamuna canal in Haryana
A screen grab from the video that went viral on social media Image Credit: YouTube

Have you ever received a gift you didn’t like — and threw it away? That’s what 22-year-old Indian man Akash did when his parents got him a present he was unhappy with.

Only, the gift happened to be a high-performance BMW M3, which Akash, in a fit of anger, deliberately plunged into a nearby river. Why? Because he wanted a Jaguar instead.

On August 9, Akash shot a video of the stricken car, drowning in the Western Yamuna Canal in the Indian state of Haryana.

He sent the video to his father and posted it on social media. The video has gone viral worldwide, with global news media outlets picking the story.

PERFORMANCE CAR
The M3 is not just any car, it is a high-performance version of the BMW 3 Series, developed by BMW’s in-house motorsport division.

The car is well-known among motorheads for its engines and razor-sharp handling. Just a basic model M3 in the UAE comes at a starting price of around Dh199,000.

Now, the M3 is not just any car, it is a high-performance version of the BMW 3 Series, developed by BMW’s in-house motorsport division.

People who saw the incident taking place said that Akash got himself out of the vehicle before it started drowning. He was brought to safety with the help of some onlookers who also helped retrieve the car using a crane.

Arrogance or accident?

While some Indian media reports quoted Akash’s father Sanjeev Kumar saying: “I wanted to give my son a birthday present. We could only afford to give him a BMW, while he kept on insisting that he be given a Jaguar. He said the vehicle was too small... We never imagined he would do anything like this.”

However, Indian daily Times of India reported that Akash’s father defended his son, denying that he ever “demanded a Jaguar” for his birthday and claimed he had accidentally driven the BMW into the river when he swerved to avoid an antelope.

The same report however quoted the station house officer (SHO) of the Chhachhrauli police station, Mukesh Kumar, who said: “Akash was demanding for a Jaguar car from his father, but when his father failed to buy him one, he threw away his BMW in a fit of anger.”

Police confirmed that no case was registered as they had not received a formal complaint.