Car chasing bootleggers belongs to Excise dept: cops

Jul 08, 2013, 01:51 IST | Saurabh Vaktania

Officials from the MHB police station recovered the CCTV footage of the Friday incident in which a senior citizen was run over by a car being chased by officials from the ED

After a car carrying illegal alcohol mowed down a senior citizen in Borivli on Friday, the MHB police station officials have finally made some progress in the case. According to the officials, the CCTV footage clearly shows that the car (Fiat Palio) was being chased by another car that belonged to the Excise Department. The police officials have not passed on a notice to the department as they are waiting for the arrests of the two accused in the case.

Booty car: Police officials recovered the Fiat Palio, which had about 900 litres of alcohol concealed inside tyre tubes

This incident raises serious questions on excise department as instead of calling the local police after the accident, they chose to flee from the spot.

MiD DAY had earlier reported (Cops fight for jurisdiction as body lies on road for two hours) about how the body of the victim was lying in a pool of blood while police officials from MHB, Borivli and Kasturba Marg stations squabbled over jurisdiction. The case was finally registered at MHB police station.

On Friday morning at around 4, Dahisar-based hotelier Rakesh Shetty (26) saw a Fiat Palio being chased by a Tata Sumo with yellow beacon on top. Samaritan Shetty chased both the cars in his Ford Endeavour, as he was curious about the turn of events. At Sudhir Phadke Bridge (off Bhagwati hospital) the Sumo managed to intercept the Palio, which was allegedly occupied by two bootleggers.

Shetty, the complainant and the prime eyewitness in the case, saw the car (Palio) bang into the divider. A man who was near the divider was run over by the car and lost his life. Identity of the victim still remains unknown, as no one has claimed his body yet.

Shetty who informed the cops said, “It was dawn and school children were on their way to school by this time. They were scared to see a body lying in a pool of blood. That’s probably when the cops decided to move the body”.

The body was moved from the spot after more than two hours of the accident. A senior IPS officer has initiated department inquiry and the night inspectors of all three police stations have been summoned for questioning.

DCP Mahesh Patil of zone 11 said, “The accused will be nabbed soon, we have leads in the case. The car, which was chasing the bootleggers’ car, may belong to the excise department. We will first arrest the accused and interrogate him properly only then we will be able to get a clear picture of what happened that night. The MHB police will investigate the matter.”

Sources from the police station said that one of the accused has been identified as Poojari. The police officials had recovered 900 litres of alcohol kept inside truck tyres from the car. 

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