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Punish driver, we want justice, say families of victims

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   February 14, 2013
First Published: 01:51 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:52 IST(14/2/2013)

It was to have been Khar resident Mandakini Modhe’s first day at the “dream job” that she had just landed. The 45-year-old was hurriedly getting into an auto to get to her Bandra-Kurla Complex office when she was knocked down by the Honda Accord, which killed the auto driver.

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Lying in Bhabha hospital’s intensive care unit, Modhe can’t recall the accident. “I was excited to start a new job and had rushed out of my home to catch an auto,” said Modhe, whose face is severely bruised and swollen.

Doctors said she has sustained a severe head injury.

Dr SS Gawde, acting chief medical superintendent, peripheral hospitals, BMC, said  Modhe’s condition is stable, but she is under observation.

It was only a week ago that Modhe was offered a job as a sales manager in a private life insurance company. “She has worked as an insurance agent for many years. She took up this job to support the family and was very excited about it,” said Modhe’s husband Sunil, who works at a call centre.

Biker was sole breadwinner
Relatives of deceased motorcyclist Mahesh Ajwani, 45, want justice for him. “We heard that the driver was in a no-entry lane and was speeding. Punish the driver, we want justice,” said Veena Ajwani, the deceased’s sister.

Ajwani’s friends are worried about how his family will cope. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and an ailing mother, and his friends say he was the sole earning member.

“This will make things all the more difficult for the family,” a friend said, requesting anonymity.

Another friend said the accident took place as Ajwani was returning home after dropping his daughter to school.

‘My brother always drove responsibly’
Auto driver Chandrakant Tupe’s brother Vishwanath said his brother always drove safely.

“He has never been caught speeding. He always drove responsibly,” Vishwanath said. Tupe is survived by his wife and three children.

“Both Ajwani and Tupe died of severe head injuries,” said Dr Ganesh Dhumal, medical officer, post-mortem centre, Cooper hospital.


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