'I don't know anything'
This is what Santosh Mane told a city court yesterday, exactly a year since killing 9 people and injuring forty others after hijacking a bus and going berserk for 45 minutes
Around 8.15 am on this day last year, 40-year-old Santosh Mane, a driver with MSRTC went on a rampage after commandeering a bus parked inside the Swargate depot. Nine people were killed and more than 40 were injured in Mane’s 45 minutes of madness.
However, the driver yesterday told a city court that he did not know anything about such incident when Additional Sessions Judge VK Shewale asked him as many as 60 questions about the occurrence.
Mane was arrested after his bus slowed down and some policemen and citizens grabbed him near Nilayam theatre. Shewale narrated to Mane how cops had fired at the bus and police vans had followed him, honking and their sirens blaring incessantly, asking him to stop. The accused simply said that he did not have any recollection of the incident.
Mane only identified driver Santosh Hendre, whose bus he had hijacked from the depot. When Shewale asked him when he had joined MSRTC as a bus driver, Mane answered that he had done so 12 years ago.
So far, the court has recorded statements of more than 38 people, including police officials and the investigation officer of the case, retired ACP Rajendrasihn Mohite.
Advocate Ujjwala Pawar is the public prosecutor in the case and Advocate Dhananjay Mane is the defence lawyer.