Two killed after Audi rams taxi, Mumbai woman lawyer held

Gadkar was arrested and booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and for rash driving.


Nithin Belle

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015, 12:51 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:56 PM

Mumbai — Two persons were killed and three others seriously injured when the taxi they were travelling in was smashed by an oncoming Audi, with an allegedly inebriated woman lawyer at the wheels, in the early hours of Tuesday at Chembur.

According to the police Janhavi Gadkar, a prominent lawyer working for a leading private sector giant, was speeding on the wrong lane of the Eastern Freeway in her red Audi. Gadkar was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

While she managed to avoid hitting a few motorcycles, she lost control and rammed head-on into a taxi. The driver, Mohammed Hussain Syed, and a passenger, Mohammed Salim Saboowala, were killed instantly, while the other three passengers were rushed in a critical condition to a hospital.

Gadkar was arrested and booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and for rash driving. The passengers were returning home after visiting some relatives in Bhiwandi, an extended suburb of Mumbai.

The newly-built Eastern Freeway has been witness to several accidents of late. The four-lane freeway connects Mankhurd and Chembur, two eastern suburbs to south Mumbai. Trucks, buses, two-wheelers and three-wheelers are not allowed on the freeway.

But at night, when there are no policemen, some motor-cycle riders speed on the freeway. Many motorists also go at high speeds on the freeway, which also has many sharp curves.

Unlike the 100-km-long Mumbai-Pune expressway, or the Bandra-Worli Sealink, the Eastern Freeway does not have access control. While policemen prevent entry of unauthorised vehicles during daytime, at night the 17-km-long is not monitored.

Mumbai police had a few years ago launched a campaign against drunk driving. Police patrols spread across the metropolis at night and conduct random tests on the major arteries. The campaign has been effective and seen a sharp fall in the number of cases of drunk driving.

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