Mumbai/Lucknow: Monday proved to be sinister day for some as four people were injured in different road accidents in Mumbai and Lucknow. The connection of both cities attains significance when the cases happen to be of road rage where again uncontrolled vehicle hit people. This time too, big names riding luxury cars were the reasons but police and authorities have turned blind eye to these accidents.
In Mumbai, it was country's top businessman Mukesh Ambani's son Akash Ambani while in Lucknow, it was a blue beacon vehicle meeting accident and another during movie stunt. In all these incidents, police remained active in covering up the incidents during the involvement of big names.
Luxury car Aston Martin rammed into two vehicles, Audi and Toyota Corolla, at a high speed leaving behind three people injured at Mumbai’s Pedder Road. The car with the number MH-01-BK99 has been registered on the name of Reliance Ports which was last seen at Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell party with Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani in it.
Foram Ruparel, who was in her Audi, narrated the complete incident and even claimed that Akash Ambani was driving the car at the time of accident, informs a source.
She said that her Audi was hit at a speed that it jumped over the divider and collided with a bus commuting on the other side of the road. The black Aston Martin, worth Rs. 4 crore, then hit a Toyota Corolla belonging to one Vikram Mishra.
Police claimed that the driver of the car managed to flee from the spot in another car that was just behind the luxury vehicle.
Though, the complaint of rash and negligent driving has been registered with the Gamdevi Police Station under sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code and under the Motor Vehicles Act but the eye witnesses and victim defines a story of the biased approach of police.
One of the victim said that when police called vehicle to lift up the accidental vehicles from the road, it only took Aston Martin with it. Media reports even said that car was covered while it was taken to the police station as it they were intended to hide it from media.
Meanwhile, Ravi Pawar, assistant police inspector of Gamdevi police station said, “The complainant Foram Ruparel, a resident of Ghatkopar and a student, was on her way towards Ghatkopar along with her friends in her Audi, when a speeding car rammed into their vehicle from behind. The incident took place when they had just crossed Kemps Corner and were headed towards Haji Ali."
"The Aston Martin (MH-01-BK-99) was going northwards. The car sped from the spot before one of its tyres came off. It then stood near TG Pavillion," said Pawar.
We couldn't record their statements properly because they were in shock," said a police officer from Gamdevi police station. "We will also check CCTV footage. Only then will we be able to reach any conclusion," added the officer.
However, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) spokesman Tushar Pania said, "Yes, the car is owned by Reliance Ports and was being driven by one of our drivers, who was going to park it. We will cooperate with police investigations."
The broad roads and especially Shahid Path in Gomtinagar are also regularly witnessing accidents. Some time back, the son of a minister had died in an accident. A student also lost his life in an accident and the car was driven by Block chief. A biker too was dead while performing a stunt . Off late Shaheed Path has become notorious for stunt but the police has not taken any step to prevent such incidents.
On Monday night at Janeshwar Mishra Park in Gomtinagar, a car turned turtle, this time also the reason was stunt. According to eye-witnesses, a girl and a boy was the occupant of the car. The car lost the balance over brakes and strode divider. Both the occupants fled the scene. However, the police have ruled out stunt as a reason behind the accident.
A speeding blue beacon car hit the car of Deepak Narang an assistant general manager. somehow, he survived. the driver claimed that the car belonged to special secretary to Chief Minister.
All these cases, suggest that how the police department act when there is involvement of big names.