The Pune city police have detained a 15-year-old boy, who was driving the car that rammed into three persons, killing an elderly woman and leaving two children injured, in Ekbote colony of Ghorpade Peth on Sunday.
Police have identified the deceased as Dupada Hanumant Autade (70), a resident of Ghorpade Peth. Her two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Arohi, alias Durva Lakhan Autade, and a three-year-old girl in the neighbourhood, Alisha Dastagir Shaikh, received major injuries.
Dupada’s daughter-in-law, Shanta (40), has lodged an offence at the Khadak police station. The police, accordingly, detained the minor and his uncle identified as Sahdev Lakshman Dhavare (40), a resident of Ekbote colony. Police have booked Dhavare and his nephew under section 279, 304 (2), 337, 338 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.
Police said the minor, who has been detained on charges of negligent driving, is a student of class IX in a local school. His uncle, Sahdev, had asked him to drive the car around 5.30 pm on Sunday. Police said that the elderly woman was sitting under a tree, when the car rammed into her. Police said that Sahdev was aware that the minor did not have a licence and still allowed him to drive the car. He asked the boy to occupy the driver’s seat, sat next to him and asked him to reverse the car.
Police said the boy and his uncle could not control the car while reversing it and knocked down Dupada, leading to her death. The car also hit Alisha and Arohi badly, leaving them injured. The two children were rushed to a hospital for treatment. Assistant police inspector Ashok Ippar is investigating the case further.