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Hema Malini’s driver released on bail hours after arrest

Hema Malini was on her way to Jaipur from Agra, after visiting the Mehndipur Balaji temple

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: July 4, 2015 10:35:52 am
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Rajasthan police Friday arrested BJP MP and actor Hema Malini’s driver on charges of overspeeding and negligent driving. He was later released on bail.

The Mercedes in which the actor was travelling had Thursday night crashed into an Alto car on NH-11 near Dausa, killing a two-year-old girl Chinni and injuring Malini and five others.

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Following the mishap, Hanuman Khandelwal, who was driving the Alto, had filed an FIR against Malini’s driver Mahesh Thakur (35). “He has been booked under Sections 279, 337, 338 (causing grievous hurt by rash and negligent driving) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC,” Investigating Officer Rajendra Tyagi said.

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Mahesh had escaped injuries because the car’s airbags inflated on impact. Malini, however, was in the backseat on the left side and hit the LCD screen fitted behind the front seat, said Tyagi.

Meanwhile, Priyanka Kanawat, spokesperson for Fortis Hospital, where Malini is admitted, said her condition was stable. “She has been shifted from the ICU to a room. However, she will not be discharged today,” she added. “Hema Malini underwent surgery between midnight and 2 am yesterday. She had suffered a nasal fracture and other injuries on paranasal points,” said Dr Pritam Tamboli.

The full extent of the injuries suffered by those in the Alto, undergoing treatment at SMS hospital, is yet to be ascertained. A six-year-old child, with fractures in both legs, and others are being checked for internal head injuries, doctors said. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje visited Malini as well as those at SMS hospital.

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