Palm Beach Road hit-and-run leaves 1 critical

A 25 year-old has been critically injured after a car hit him on Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. Ajay Dandkar, an employee of a telecommunications company was standing near a bus stop at Morage circle on Palm Beach Road, when the car (a Honda Civic MH 06 AL 132), which was reportedly being driven at a high speed, hit him and dragged him for around 20 metres. The driver of the car, along with three co-passengers, fled the spot in an autorickshaw instead of admitting the injured to a hospital.

Dandkar was admitted to Suraj Hospital in Sanpada by passersby who witnessed the accident. He was immediately shifted to the ICU.

Onlookers surround the car after the incident

Dr RN Patil, neurosurgeon, Suraj Hospital said, “When he was brought to the hospital, he was unconscious. He has suffered multiple fractures and head injuries. He has also suffered internal bleeding. But the fact that he was brought to the hospital immediately has helped a lot.”

Dandkar’s relatives allege that police officials who came to the hospital behaved badly with them. Dilip Kamraj, owner of Kamraj Securecom in Navi Mumbai, where Dandkar worked, said, “When we asked the police officials about the accident and asked them to lodge a complaint, they refused and started blaming Ajay. Instead of looking for the driver, who is responsible for the accident, they are pressurising us to not lodge a complaint.”

Dandkar’s parents, Shivram and Sarayu, said, “The hospital staff has not let us meet him yet. We do not know about his condition.”

Interestingly, Turbhe police officials did not look for the driver even four hours after the accident occurred. Instead, they claimed that they were busy with other cases despite knowing that the driver and co-passengers of the car had got themselves admitted in DY Patil hospital in Nerul.

Ashok Gaikwad, assistant police inspector of Turbhe police station, said, “We have got the information that the driver of the car is in a Nerul hospital but we could not go there as our officials are busy with crime cases.”

Surprisingly, barely 15 minutes after this conversation, the phone at Sanpada police chowky of Turbhe police station and Gaikwad’s cellphone were unreachable. Just before this newspaper went to print, Gaikwad finally answered the phone.

“We have registered an FIR against Noorsubha Shaikh under Sections 279, 337, 338, 427 of the IPC and 184 of MV act.”
The four travelling in the car have been identified as Noorsabha Shaikh (18), who was driving the car, Chandni Kanakraj (18), Sidharth (18) and Raj (18). According to Kanakraj, the car skidded. “We were travelling at a normal speed when a truck in front of us applied the brakes. Noorsabha was forced to apply a sudden brake. Consequently, the car spun out of control and hit Ajay.”

When asked why they fled the spot, she kept silent. She also claimed that the police had not taken her statement till Saturday evening.  

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