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BEST bus knocks down 60-year-old

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 17, 2013
First Published: 00:35 IST(17/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:36 IST(17/1/2013)

A senior citizen had a narrow escape after a BEST bus knocked him down in Bhoiwada, Parel, on Wednesday morning. The victim, Pandurang Daji Sawant, 60, fell on the road and in the path of the bus, which missed him by inches.

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The driver, who sped away instead of stopping to help the victim, was caught after a 20-minute chase at Nagpada and handed over to the police. The victim sustained injuries to his hip bone and is having trouble walking, police said.

Sawant, a Kalyan resident, was cleaning his employer’s car near his office near BDD Chawls, Bhoiwada, when he saw the bus speeding towards him. It brushed against three parked cars before the side of the bus Sawant. Sawant fell on to the road and the rear wheels of the bus missed him by inches.

The bus, route no 67, was on its way to Walkeshwar from Antop Hill. “The driver sped away before we could stop him,” said Rohan More, Sawant’s colleague.

Some of Sawant’s colleagues who witnessed the incident jumped into a four-wheeler and chased after the bus, while another rushed him to KEM hospital. “We got into the car and sped after the bus. The driver accelerated on seeing us, jumped a few signals and did not even halt at designated stops. We finally intercepted the bus
at Nagpada,” said Sandesh Mohite, who was driving the car. Mohite said that the passengers and a policeman seated in the bus argued with them. “A few Regional
Transport Officials posted there helped us. We contacted the police who reached the spot and detained the driver,” he said.

The driver, identified as Anil Gholap, was handed over to the Bhoiwada police. The bus was detained. “We have registered an offence and recorded the  victim’s statement,” said Dilip B Ingale,  sub inspector, Bhoiwada police.

Victim shocked by driver’s apathy
60-year-old Pandurang Sawant is still to come to terms with the narrow escape he had after a BEST bus knocked him down. Sawant fell on the road, in the bus’ path, but the wheels of the bus missed him by inches.

“I was lucky to not have been crushed under its wheels,” said Sawant, who is recuperating at KEM hospital.

The victim, who was hurt on the hip, has trouble walking and is shocked by the driver’s apathy. “He didn’t stop to help, instead the bus sped away. It was dreadful,” said Sawant.

Sawant is the sole breadwinner of the family. “We are poor and cannot afford the treatment. If my father does not recover fully, we will have a tough time making ends meet,” said his daughter, Sushma Gaikwad.  - Pratik Salunke


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