FIVE persons,four among them policemen,were injured at a nakabandi near Mumbai Police Gymkhana early on Friday when a speeding Audi A6 rammed into them,police said.
They added that the car came close to the Mumbai Police Memorial for 26/11 martyrs but fortunately stopped short of hitting it. The driver of the Audi,Dinesh Khandekar,has been arrested. Police said he wasnt under the influence of alcohol.
This is the second time in two weeks that policemen have been injured by a speeding vehicle at a nakabandi in south Mumbai.
The injured were rushed to G T Hospital,where three policemen and a passerby were treated for minor injuries and discharged. The fourth policeman was later shifted to Bombay hospital,where he was operated upon.
According to police,at 1.30 am,Khandekar tried to bypass the barricades. His vehicle instead mounted the pavement and crashed into four policemen and a passerby.
The front portion of the dark grey car was completely destroyed in the collision. Khandekar and his passenger escaped uninjured,police said.
Of the injured,Police Naik Sainath Dhuri (40) of J J Marg police station was operated upon for a fracture at Bombay hospital.
The other victims are constables Amol Kal (29),who suffered injuries to the chest and arm,Suresh Tate (57),who suffered injuries to the left arm and leg and Pankaj Khairnar,who suffered injuries to his legs. Mubarak Rahimatali Shaikh (35),who walking on the pavement at the time,sustained injuries to the chest and leg,police said.
Tardeo resident Khandekar,a driver,has been charged under sections 279 (rash and dangerous driving),337 (causing hurt) and 338 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was sent for a medical examination and produced before a magistrate Friday afternoon,who granted him bail on cash bond of Rs 10,000.
Khandekars employer is staying at Oberoi Trident Hotel. He had instructed Khandekar to bring him some clothes. Khandekar was on his way to the hotel from Girgaum chowpatty. He was in a hurry and he may not have known about the nakabandi. Two policeman were checking documents of other vehicles and two others were seated on the pavement when the car hit them, said Zunjarrao Gharal,senior inspector,Marine Drive police station.
We have been conducting a nakabandi on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road (Marine Drive) almost daily to check rash driving because a lot of two-wheelers race there. Several vehicles also try to go through the barricades. This is dangerous and someone can die, said Deputy Commissioner of Police,Zone I,Ravindra Shisve.
On April 8,two cops manning a nakabandi at Grant Road were injured when a speeding BMW hit them.