Mumbai: Drunk advocate on wrong side of freeway rams taxi, kills two
Janhvi Gadkar (35) hit two other vehicles, whose drivers turned around to stop her, before she rammed the taxi, which was occupied by a family out to celebrate their young one's SSC result
An advocate, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, rammed her car into a taxi early on Tuesday, leading to the death of two people. The advocate, Janhvi Gadkar (35), is a Chembur resident and is a legal adviser with a company.
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The red Audi Q3, driven by Gadkar (below), rammed into the taxi, killing the driver and a passenger. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Police said Gadkar, whose office is in Nariman Point, went with to a hotel with a friend after work and got drunk. They left around 10.30 pm and went to Marine Drive. Around 12:15 am, she left alone, driving her Audi. After hitting the Eastern Freeway, she started driving on the wrong side.
The Sabuwala family Salim (50), Hafiza (45), and their kids Salma (24), Sadiya (22) and Nouman (16) from Nagpada, were returning in a taxi from Bhiwandi after celebrating Nouman’s passing SSC with 66%.
Gadkar was presented in the Kurla magistrate court and remanded in police custody till today. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
Near RNA park opposite MHADA colony in Chembur, they saw the car coming from the opposite direction and the taxi driver started honking but Gadkar, who was quite drunk, rammed the cab, police officials said.
ACP Jivajirao Jadhav of Trombay Division said, “Salim and the taxi driver, Mohammad Sayyad (57) were declared dead at Sion Hospital. One of the persons at the spot informed the police and with the help of the people present there, the injured, that is Sadiya, Salma and Hafiza were taken to Sion Hospital and later shifted to Saifee Hospital.
Nouman did not suffer any injuries. The family is in shock. The driver was removed from the taxi with the help of Fire Brigade after it was cut down. Gadkar was stuck in the car as the air bag had deployed and only after police came she was removed from the car. She was also in shock. She was saved only because of the air bag and did not suffer any major injuries.”
He added, “Gadkar had hit two vehicles just minutes before ramming the taxi. Those two vehicles’ drivers had taken a U-turn to tell her that she was on the wrong side but until then she had already hit the taxi.” A case was registered under sections 304 (2), 338, 337, 279 and 427 of IPC along with the Motor Vehicles Act. Gadkar was presented in the Kurla magistrate court and remanded in police custody till Wednesday. Police have sent her blood samples for analysis.
‘Charge her with murder’
A relative of the Sabuwalas said, “We got a call around 3:30 am and immediately rushed to Sion Hospital. The two girls and their mother were serious so we thought of shifting them to Saifee Hospital for better treatment. The family has suffered a huge loss. They had gone to celebrate as Nouman had passed his SSC and they were very happy for him.”
She added, “It did not take even a minute for the family to lose everything. Except for Nouman, all the remaining survivors are hospitalised. The children have lost their father. I am worried about Sadiya, who has constantly been asking about her mother and father. Nouman was very brave. He immediately helped call for a taxi and took his family to Sion Hospital.
The woman should be charged with murder. She killed two persons from two families. She is an advocate and she has committed such a crime. Salim uncle, who ran a detergent shop, was the sole breadwinner. Now we will take care of them.”