Mumbai: Cops crack hit-and-run case in a month

Jan 04, 2015, 07:04 IST | Shirish Vaktania

Nab accused, who had run over a 45-year-old woman at Goregaon, on the basis of CCTV footage; driver fled from the scene fearing public outrage, even painted damaged parts of the vehicle

On Saturday morning, the Goregaon police arrested a 27-year-old driver, Tejbahadur Ramchandra Giri, in a hit and run case. The accident had occured on December 8, 2014 when Giri allegedly ran over a housewife, Rajmati Jain, at Goregaon West and fled the scene. However, the incident was captured on CCTV cameras installed at the spot. The car number was clearly seen in the footage that helped the police nab the accused. Cops said Giri, a resident of Jogeshwari East, had repaired and painted the damaged parts of the car after the incident to remove any traces of evidence.

Rajmati Jain is recuperating from her injuries at Bombay Hospital
Rajmati Jain is recuperating from her injuries at Bombay Hospital

What exactly happened
On December 8, 2014 at 6.10 am, 45-year-old Jain was returning home after buying milk from a dairy. At that moment, an Innova car hit her and fled from the spot. The car’s number, 8815, was visible in the CCTV footage. Later, cops gave this number to the RTO office for verification in order to nab the accused.

How cops cracked the case
During investigations, cops learnt that 15 people possess an Innova car with the number 8815. They noted down the names and addresses of all the owners. Later, they traced the car with the nameplate MH-CJ-8815 for verification and found that some portions of the vehicle were damaged. They took the owner in custody, who told them that on the day of the accident, his driver Giri had gone to the Jain temple at Goregaon West and had damaged the car.

On the basis of the owner’s statement, cops took Giri in custody who spilled the beans. A senior police official from Goregaon police station said, on condition of anonymity, “Giri told us that the lady was crossing the road and came in front of his car. He didn’t stop the vehicle as he feared public outrage.”

The victim was admitted to Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central and was later shifted to Bombay Hospital in Marine Lines, where she is recuperating. She sustained head and leg injuries and is in critical condition.

Senior inspector SD Wadke said, “We arrested the accused on the basis of the CCTV footage. He will be produced in the holiday court on Sunday.”

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