Three killed as SUV driven by bizman's son runs amok in Kutch

Ahmedabad: In a hit-and-run incident, three persons were killed and two others seriously injured when they were hit by an SUV allegedly being driven by son of a Dubai-based industrialist in Gandhidham in Kutch district, police said on Tuesday.

Pankil Mohatta (25), son of Dubai-based Sunil Mohatta, was allegedly behind the wheel when the SUV rammed into seven persons, some of them waiting at a bus stand and other pedestrians, near main gate of IFFCO Colony on Gandhidham-Kandla road at around 11:30 PM yesterday, police said.

While three persons were killed in the mishap, four others were injured, two of them seriously, police said.

The deceased, included a middle-aged woman from Ahmedabad and her son-in-law who were waiting for a bus, and a person riding a scooty, police said.

The four injured, included two sisters who were walking on the sideway along with their parents, when the incident occurred. Police are not ruling out drunk driving and are looking out for Mohatta, trying to trace him through location of his mobile phone.

"Police have seized passport of Mohatta and issued an immigration alert to prevent him from escaping the country as his father lives in Dubai. Mohatta lives with his grandparents in Gandhidham," Kutch (East) SP G V Barot said, adding that the passport was seized from his residence in Gandhidham.

Police have registered an FIR against Mohatta under various sections of IPC including 304 (causing death by rash or negligent act).

"We have lodged an FIR against the accused under section 304 of the IPC among other sections and are looking out for him. We are also trying to trace him through his mobile phone," Barot said. Sunil Mohatta has an export-import business and owns Lakshmi Marine in Kandla.

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