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Mumbai: Jain sadhvi, sevika killed in hit-and-run during padyatra

Updated on: 20 February,2024 05:17 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Faisal Tandel |

Police arrest milk vehicle driver after tracing him Turbhe within hours

Mumbai: Jain sadhvi, sevika killed in hit-and-run during padyatra

Sadhvi Maulik Puranshreeji and her sevika Lata Sandeep Oswal who were killed in the accident

A Jain sadhvi and her sevika who were on a padyatra were killed and one the members of the group accompanying them has been critically injured in a road accident at Karjat on Monday morning. The Karjat police in Raigad District have arrested a 40-year-old man, the driver of a milk vehicle, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. 

According to the police, the incident took place on Monday, February 19, at 5.30 am. A total of 12 people including Sadhvi Maulik Puranshreeji were walking from Karjat to Neral. “During their padyatra, an unknown vehicle coming from Neral towards Karjat hit them. In this mishap, the sadhvi and her sevika Lata Sandeep Oswal succumbed to their injuries. While, Dipali Sanjay Oswal is seriously injured and has been admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Panvel where she is undergoing treatment,” said a police officer. Police sources said Lata and Dipali are sevikas.

Surendra Garad, police inspector, Karjat police station, confirmed the two deaths, injury and arrest in the accident and said, “A case has been registered and investigation is going on in the matter.” The Karjat police have registered a case under Section 304 (Punishment for Culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian penal code. “The police first registered a case against an unknown person as the driver fled from the scene after the accident. With the help of CCTV footage, efforts were made to trace the vehicle and driver. Till late evening the vehicle was traced to Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. 

The driver, Ravishankar Sen, 40, was arrested from there. The vehicle is from Turbhe and he said he mostly travels on the route carting milk,” said a police officer.  Meanwhile, a message was circulated in the community requesting all dignitaries of Khopoli Sakal Sri Sangh to keep their shops closed from 1 pm on Monday in consideration of the sad demise.

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