Navy Nagar accident: Cops probing if wife took blame to save husband

Updated: Dec 14, 2016, 13:00 IST | Anurag Kamble

The police are trying to get the CCTV footage of incident and also probing whether Sangeeta, wife of Lance Naik Santoshkumar Rai, was trying to save her husband by claiming she was driving the car

The Hyundai Santro that rammed into the children on Sunday, killing them. Pic/Shadab Khan
The Hyundai Santro that rammed into the children on Sunday, killing them. Pic/Shadab Khan

It has been two days since the fateful driving lesson ended up taking the lives of Akshansh Dyani (13) and his brother Abhay (7) in Navy Nagar. The police are trying to get the CCTV footage of the incident and also probing whether Sangeeta, the wife of Lance Naik Santoshkumar Rai, was trying to save her husband by claiming she was driving the car that rammed into the children who were riding their bicycles, killing them on the spot.

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“A major part of the investigation is the CCTV footage of the area, which will reveal how the incident happened,” said one officer, adding, “the wife of army man claimed that she was driving the car when the mishap happened, [but] we have to ascertain the claim with CCTV footage and eyewitnesses.” The absence of any eyewitnesses makes the CCTV even more vital in the investigation. A large crowd gathered only after the accident, after which fellow Lance Naik Ravindra Jadhav lodged a complaint against the couple that was seated in the car.

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The Cuffe Parade police have contacted the motor vehicle department to test the Santro car that caused the accident. They have also sent samples of the blood on the car to the forensic department.

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The father of the deceased children, Ravindraprasad Dyani, who was posted at Assam front, arrived in the city yesterday morning. His family had only told him that the kids have met with an accident and are critical. “When he reached home, the dead bodies were brought from the mortuary for performing last rites. He lost consciousness when he saw the bodies. Relatives had to take him to INHS Ashwini. He was treated in hospital and released, after which last rites were preformed in Navy Nagar,” said a police officer.

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