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Woman killed as car runs over family of pavement dwellers in Ahmedabad

CCTV footage sourced from the police showed a white colour i20 car swerving to the left and crashing into the shelter on a pavement. Four persons were seen exiting the car and fleeing from the spot on foot.

Written by Vaibhav Jha | Ahmedabad |
Updated: June 29, 2021 7:38:31 pm
According to police, the accident occurred around 12.40 am on Tuesday near an Amul Dairy parlour, around 200 metres from the Shivranjani cross roads in Bimanagar of Ahmedabad.

A woman died while her husband and two children were critically injured in Ahmedabad Tuesday when a speeding car allegedly hit a makeshift shanty on the pavement, in which the family was sleeping. According to police, four persons who were travelling in the car fled the spot after the accident.

The incident happened at around 12:40 am Tuesday near an Amul Dairy parlour, around 200 metres from the Shivranjani cross roads in Bimanagar.

A CCTV footage sourced from the police shows a white coloured i20 car speeding and swirling to left ahead of Amul Dairy parlour and hitting the makeshift shanty on the pavement.

After the accident, four persons were seen in the footage emerging from the car and fleeing the spot on foot.
The deceased was identified as Santuben Bhawaria, a native of Madhya Pradesh, who was working as a daily wage labourer in Ahmedabad, and was living in the makeshift shanty on the pavement for the past 10-15 years.The three injured — Babubhai Bhabhor (40), husband of Santuben, Jatan Bhabhor (5) and Vikram Bhabhor (7), children of Santuben and Babubhai — are in critical state, police said.

“The injured have been admitted to the civil hospital. An FIR has been lodged in the case at N division traffic police station and efforts are on to arrest the absconding accused,” said Mayanksinh Chavda, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Ahmedabad City.

The footage also shows another car racing away adjacent to the i20 car during the accident. However, JCP Mayanksinh Chavda said that police are investigating whether the two cars were “racing” at the time of accident.

“We were sleeping in our shanty as it was raining last night when I heard a loud crash sound and my shanty shook. I saw four people coming out of the car, two ran in one direction and remaining two jumped the BRTS route divider and ran towards the other direction. My aunt Santuben has been living here for the past 10-15 years,” said Subhash Ben Mawi, who is an eye witness to the accident.

The victims were living next to a night shelter (Raen Basera) of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation which has been made specifically for daily wage migrant labourers living on the pavement.

“The maximum capacity of our night shelter is 30 people and we are already overcrowded. So we couldn’t bring the victim’s family to our shelter. However we tried to rehabilitate them in another shelter near IIM Ahmedabad but they didn’t agree,” said Ketan Patel, a volunteer at the night shelter.

On Tuesday afternoon, a team from Forensic Science Laboratory arrived at the spot to collect further details of the car involved in the accident.

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