A 21-year-old architecture student, allegedly in an inebriated state, drove her vehicle over a divider and then onto a footpath in Worli in the early hours of Thursday. Police said Gauri Bhide created a ruckus when officers took her to the Worli police station, where she allegedly assaulted women officers and even “pulled off” wires attached to computers.
The incident took place near Worli’s Podar Hospital around 2 am, when Chembur resident Bhide and three others, including a 17-year-old minor boy, were on their way home. As they landed on to the footpath and Bhide was unable to restart the vehicle, a patrolling party approached the silver sedan.
“We thought they had ran over someone on the footpath, and officers, including lady officers from our Mobile 5 vehicle, responded moments after the crash,” said a senior police officer attached with the Worli police. The police said locals from the nearby Siddharth Nagar slum were also present and had encircled the four occupants of the car.
According to Praveen Padwal, zonal deputy commissioner of police, all four persons were highly under the influence of alcohol. “They were all taken for a medical test at JJ Hospital and the examination reports reveal that all were drunk beyond the permissible limits. The incident was a manual error, not a fault of the car’s mechanics,” Padwal said.
Investigators said the four were returning home after an alleged drinking session at Worli seaface. The car belonged to Bhide and all four are students of different colleges. A police officer who visited the spot after the crash said Bhide tried to start the car several times but was unsuccessful as the axle had been damaged.
“The locals in the area started to volley abuses at the youths to which they retaliated in words. However, Bhide began to assault the woman officers at the spot,” said senior police inspector Vinay Kulkarni.
Kulkarni said all four were taken to the nearby Worli police station where Bhide continued to protest. “She even pulled out wires attached to the computers at the police station. Three women constables who tried to restrain her were injured,” he added.
Padwal said while Bhide and the other youths were arrested, the 17-year-old youth was detained. Officers said while Bhide was additionally charged with drunk driving and assaulting police officers, the others were booked for destroying public property.
According to preliminary investigation, Bhide recently got accepted at an architecture institute in Manipur. Her father works with a private company in Pune.