After fighting for life for more than a week, the BMC worker who was injured in an accident on Peddar Road passed away yesterday at Jaslok Hospital. The mishap occurred on the morning of November 27 when Prakash Parmar and his colleague Laxmiben Makwana were on their way to work at Peddar Road.
They were travelling on a two-wheeler when a white Toyota car mowed them down near Villa Theresa School. While Makwana died on the spot, Parmar was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the nearby Jaslok Hospital.
Dr Tarang Gianchandani, acting CEO, Jaslok Hospital, told MiD DAY, “The patient succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered a brain injury due to the accident. Even though he was operated upon, he never regained consciousness. He was declared dead on Thursday at 10.30 pm.”
Two days later, after reading reports about the incident, the driver of the car, Akshay Vasudeo Bajaj (32), surrendered to the police. He was released on bail on November 30, and his release was followed by heavy protests from the families of the victims and BMC conservancy staffers, who all believed the accused had gotten off lightly. Nearly 500 people gathered to voice their ire at Tulsiwadi yesterday.
Nalin Dharia, a colleague and Parmar’s neighbour, said, “This is a very unfortunate accident and no strict action has been taken against the driver. We protested in front of the police station and near the Mahalaxmi racecourse. I hope some action is taken and our colleague and his family receive justice.” A case has been registered at the Gamdevi police station under sections 279 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code and 134 (a) and (b) of the Motor Vehicles Act against Bajaj.