TWO POLICEMEN were injured when a tempo hit their patrol motorcycle on Vakola Bridge in the wee hours of Wednesday. Police have arrested the tempo driver and the injured policemen are being treated for their injuries.
According to Vakola police, the incident occurred at 4 am when beat marshalls Ganesh Shinde and Dhananjay Pawar were going to the Bandra regional office from Andheri. It was then that a tempo distributing newspapers early morning hit their motorcycle on the Western Express highway near Vakola, Santa Cruz. The tempo driver, Abhay Prakash Dhanshi (35) was later arrested and has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
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“It is a case of hit and run. We have arrested the tempo driver and charged him under Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code, read with Section 134 of the Motor Vehicle Act,” said Mahadeo Dattaram Wavale, senior police inspector at Vakola police station.
The accused had fled in his tempo after hitting the policemen’s motorcycle. However, the injured policemen had noticed the vehicle’s licence plate and the tempo driver and his vehicle were later traced down by Vakola police.
According to the police, the accused did not show any signs of inebriation upon arrest. However, a medical test has been conducted to confirm the same. According to the senior inspector, one of the beat marshalls sustained fracture in his waist and the other received internal injuries and both are being treated at Seven Hills hospital. Their condition is stable, the officer added.