A week after a silver Innova rammed into a footpath at Mahim, killing one and injuring four others, the survivors have claimed that they were poorly treated at Bhabha Bandra hospital where they were admitted after the accident.
On September 8, Krishna Agarwal (42), along with her daughter Riya and her three friends, Bhumi Singh, Ansh Singh and Aditi Singh, was going to Siddhivinayak temple from her Kandivali residence.
By 4.15 am, the group had reached Mahim and decided to take rest on a footpath. At 4.35 am, a silver Innova, driven by an allegedly drunk Nathelon Mukhtiyar (20), had rammed into the footpath and killed Krishna on the spot. The four others had sustained injuries.
Now, her daughter Riya Agarwal is bed-ridden with a fractured rib. The family has temporarily moved back to Rajasthan after Krishna’s death.
“I had acute pain near my back since the accident. When we were taken to the hospital, for 20 minutes, no doctor came to check us. Later, they took X-ray of a body part where there was no pain and gave first aid,” said Riya.
She added that they were discharged after getting treated on out-patient department basis.
Another injured, Bhumi, is suffering from a knee injury and cannot walk. Ansh recently got diagnosed with a fractured rib. Aditi has sustained injuries on her head.
According to Lokesh Agarwal, brother of the deceased, last week, he took Riya to a private doctor after her back pain did not subside.
“The x-ray showed he had a fracture. Bhabha hospital did not even conduct a proper x-ray,” he said.
The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Pradeep Jadhav, however, claimed that no injured victims of the Mahim accident were brought to the hospital. “We have no such records,” he told The Indian Express.
The Agarwal family shifted to Rajasthan, their native state, on September 10. “We will return to Mumbai to pack our things and leave the city forever,” Riya said. Her mother had worked as a local beautician in Kandivali. Meanwhile, the Mahim police are awaiting results from the Kalina Forensic Laboratory of Mukhtiyar’s blood samples to assess the level of alcohol in it.
“We have recorded statements of the witnesses and are investigating thoroughly. The results of the blood test are expected by this week,” said Mahesh Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone V.
Mukhtiyar, a Bandra resident, is a singer in the music industry. On September 7 night, he was drinking with his friends in Bandra and had decided to head towards south Mumbai.
When his car went out of control, he was driving at a speed of over 100 km per hour, according to police officials.