In the fourth drink-driving incident in the past two weeks in Mumbai, the son of a former inspector general of Punjab knocked down a cyclist in Lokhandwala on Monday while he was speeding in his SUV. He then assaulted policemen after he was taken to Versova police station.
The police have arrested the accused, Paramdeep Parminder Sandhu, 41, for drink driving and for assaulting policemen.
The incident took place around 1.20am when Sandhu was returning to his home on Juhu-Versova Link Road in his Ford Endeavour, accompanied by a female friend. As he turned at the Swami Samarth Chowk in Lokhandwala, he knocked down a 33-year-old hawker, Ramprakash Singh, who was on his bicycle. Singh was thrown off his cycle by the impact, but Sandhu did not stop to help, the police said.
"Sandhu was in an inebriated condition and drove away. A journalist, Abdul Kazi, was in his car near the spot. He gave Sandhu a chase and stopped him at Four Bungalows," said Nandkumar Mhetar, senior inspector, Versova police station.
As Kazi caught hold of Sandhu, a mob gathered and started beating up Sandhu. "A mobile police van reached the spot and Sandhu was brought to Versova police station where he hit policemen interrogating him," said Mhetar.
The victim, who suffered minor injuries, was taken to Cooper hospital and discharged after treatment. The court remanded Sandhu in police custody till Tuesday.
The court remanded Sandhu in police custody till Tuesday. The accused’s father, Parminder Sandhu, a Punjab Police Service officer, was promoted as IG in Ludhiana a month before retirement in 2002.