It was just another usual evening for 45-year-old Hanif Abbas Kazi - chatting with his friend Omar sitting on his Honda Activa scooter. But Sunday evening turned out to be near fatal for him as the reckless Santro rammed the parked scooter coming from the wrong side of the road.
Recuperating in ward number 17 of JJ Hospital, Hanif claimed that the Santro car had approached them in no time and it was coming from the wrong direction. "We were sitting on the scooter and generally chatting but first the headlight flashed on my eyes and then I lost consciousness," he told HT.
An employee in a private gas supply company, Hanif lived in Adam Khan building in Mazgaon for past 15 years. "We are generally relaxed in that time of the evening and chat amongst friends. But this driver was not only arrogant, he started a fight with the others after it rammed into the slums," said Mustaq, Hanif's brother.
Then the car smashed into the shanties of the fisher folk. "They are humble people and could not even catch hold the driver. He just drove away," he said.
Three people are undergoing treatment at the JJ Hospital and all have suffered multiple injuries. "We were sleeping happily when the car crashed into our house. My brother was badly hurt as he was the first one towards the road," said Adhiraj, brother of Mallikarjun, the 19-year old who was still to regain consciousness.
"We carry the fish from the trawlers and help in drying them. We have been doing that for two generations," he said.
He also alleged that the hospital did not admit his mother who was injured badly. Mustaq also claimed that they were pressurised to take a discharge from the hospital. "He can barely get up. There are fracture in the skull, but the doctors were insisting that he be discharged," he claimed.
The authorities though rubbished the claim. "The doctor decided on the condition when the inured was brought in. He cannot discharge anyone before they are fit," said medical superintendent Arun Pol.