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Pune car crash: Another arrest made for manipulating blood sample

Updated on: 27 May,2024 04:52 PM IST  |  Pune
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Police said doctors involved in covering up evidence in Pune car crash, including CMO Srihari Halnor & Forensic Medicine Dept Head Ajay Tawre, had been jailed.

Pune car crash: Another arrest made for manipulating blood sample

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Pune car crash: Another arrest made for manipulating blood sample

Pune Police have detained another suspect in connection with the Pune car crash that killed two motorbike riders in Pune. Atul Ghatkamble, a Sassoon Hospital employee, was detained on suspicion of manipulating the minor's blood sample.

Previously, Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar revealed that two doctors at Sassoon Hospital replaced the juvenile accused in the Pune car crash with another sample and discarded the original in the hospital's skip, reported ANI. 

At a press conference, Kumar said that the doctors involved, including CMO Srihari Halnor and Forensic Medicine Department Head Ajay Tawre, had been jailed. Several Indian Penal Code sections have been included in the Pune car crash case, the report stated.

"On May 19, at around 11 am the blood sample that was taken at Sassoon Hospital was thrown in a dustbin of the hospital and the blood sample of another person was taken and sent to the forensic lab. CMO Srihari Halnor replaced this blood sample. During the investigation, we found Srihari Halnor replaced this on the instructions of the HOD Forensic Medicine Department of Sassoon, Ajay Tawre," he said.

"We suspected that in the first report, the doctor gave a clean chit to the juvenile over alcohol consumption. After which a second sample was taken secretly and was sent for DNA sampling. The report also matched the DNA of the juvenile's father," Amitesh added.

The criminal division is also searching for the individual whose blood sample was used to replace the juvenile accused of the Pune car crash. On May 25, the minor's grandfather was apprehended and charged under IPC sections 365 and 368 for confining their driver and forcing him to take the blame for the Pune car crash. 

On the night of May 19, the minor smashed his Porsche into two IT professionals riding a bike, killing them both instantaneously.

With ANI inputs

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