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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Munde death: Different versions emerge on who jumped the traffic signal

Soumya Pillai and Jatin Anand , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 04, 2014
First Published: 00:51 IST(4/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:18 IST(4/6/2014)

Even as Delhi Police have faulted the driver of the Indica car that crashed into Union minister Gopinath Munde’s vehicle, eyewitnesses and police sources have narrated a different version of events.

Circumstantial evidence, specially skid marks discovered a little before the spot where the accident took place, seem to imply that it was actually Munde’s driver who seemed to be culpable. Senior police officers said the versions of both drivers were being scrutinised to gain clarity on the actual series of events.

“Looking at the 31-feet-long brake marks left by the Indica, it is clear that the driver had acquired his regular speed after seeing that the traffic signal was green. It was to save the minister’s car, which suddenly came in his way, that he applied the brakes,” said a police source privy to the investigation.

Read: Munde's death a big blow for BJP, worry for Shiv Sena

HT has learnt that the traffic signal where the accident took place was programmed to remain green for a mere 15-second interval, which one of the drivers evidently misjudged, jumped and triggered the collision.

Gurvinder Singh — the driver of the ‘errant’ Indica — too told the police that the signal had turned green and that was why he had chosen to drive past. Police sources also said that Munde’s permanent driver is on leave and the one who is behind the wheel was just filling in for him.

Eyewitnesses told HT that the police’s version that made Singh seemingly at fault was untrue.

An employee of a petrol pump located near the accident spot told HT that Singh had halted immediately after the collision and had made no attempt to flee.

Read: Landlord, neighbour vouch for accused driver’s credentials

“Unlike what is being reported, it was the driver of Indica who offered water to the union minister after the accident,” said the eyewitness.

“Munde’s car stopped for a moment after the accident and immediately sped away after he drank water given to him by the driver of the Indica (Singh),” he added.

Read more:
Munde's demise has jolted BJP's chances in Maharashtra

Initial autopsy shows Munde died due to internal injuries; funeral in Maharashtra today


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