A traffic police officer was killed and a constable injured after allegedly being hit by a car being driven by a drunk man on the Eastern Express Highway early Monday morning.
According to the Vikhroli police, the deceased police sub-inspector, Rajaram Narayan Desai (53), posted with the Chembur division of the Mumbai traffic police, was returning home with his subordinate constable Shankar Kadam on a motorcycle when the car hit the bike from behind.
“After finishing his nakabandi duty at Chembur’s Suman Nagar area as part of a drive against drink driving, Desai and Kadam were on their way to Navghar on Kadam’s bike around 1 am when the accident occurred, just after the bike descended the Vikhroli flyover on the Eastern Express Highway,” said senior inspector Dinesh Desai of the Vikhroli police station.
Kadam managed to call the control room in spite of his injuries and a police team was rushed to the spot.
The driver of the car was taken into custody while the two injured policemen were taken to Fortis Hospital in Mulund.
Desai succumbed to his injuries around 3 am.
The police said that since Desai was riding pillion and was not wearing a helmet, he sustained head injury that led to his death. Kadam only sustained injuries to his arm and his chin.
The suspect, Mitesh Modi (36), who is a senior executive at Everest Masala, was subsequently arrested. Modi told the police he was heading towards his home at Rabodi in Navi Mumbai after apparently attending a friend’s party in Vikroli.
“Modi has been remanded to 14 days of judicial custody by a magistrate court in Vikroli. We have charged Modi with culpable homicide, rash driving and causing hurt by endangering life under the Indian Penal Code along with section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act for drink driving,” inspector Dinesh Desai said.
According to the police, the deceased was only recently got promoted from an assistant sub-inspector at Powai police station to a sub-inspector with the traffic police.
His body has been taken to his village in Kolhapur for last rites by his family.
Desai is survived by his wife and two children — a daughter who recently completed her engineering and a son who studies in a local college.