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Duo was looking for cigarettes

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 09, 2012
First Published: 01:22 IST(9/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:39 IST(9/12/2012)

Search for cigarettes after having alcohol and a subsequent joy ride proved fatal for Manoj Kamte, 22, an only child.

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Faheem Qureshi, 22, the pillion rider who sustained grievous injuries in the accident and is admitted to Sion hospital, narrated the incidents that led to the mishap to the police.

The police said that they had not been able to record Qureshi’s statement as he had been in an unconscious state until Saturday afternoon.

Qureshi later told the police that the duo, both residents of Vakola market, had visited a friend’s place in Santacruz on Friday evening where they consumed alcohol.

Around 10.30pm, they left the place to look for cigarettes. When they found that all the shops in the neighbourhood were shut, the duo decided to enjoy a joyride on the bike.

“They returned to Santacruz after over an hour, found a cigarette shop, smoked a few cigarettes and went for a ride again. It was when they returned to Santacruz again around 1.15am that the incident occurred,” said Sunil Mane, sub inspector, Vakola police.

Kamte, who lost control of his bike after he applied sudden brakes on spotting a speed breaker, crashed a parked SUV. The bike skid for a considerable distance. While Qureshi fell off, Kamte was thrown  a few metres away.

An autorickshaw driver who was passing by the spot noticed the bleeding youths and informed the police, following which a mobile police van rushed to the spot and the duo was taken to VN Desai Hospital at Santacruz (East).

 While Kamte died during treatment at the hospital less than an hour after the accident, Qureshi was moved to Sion hospital where he is currently receiving treatment for grievous injuries.

Kamte was a student and used to assist his father at their sugarcane juice stall. Qureshi worked as a waiter at a five-star hotel.

The Vakola police have booked Kamte under Indian Penal Code sections 279 for rash driving and 304A for causing death due to negligence.

The police said that although the youths smelled of alcohol, they would rely on Kamte’s post mortem report for the final confirmation.

“Kamte’s body has been sent for a post mortem and his viscera will be preserved for a chemical analysis to ascertain if he was riding under the influence of alcohol,” said Pardesi.


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