A police constable from Mumbai crime branch died after the two-wheeler he and his wife were travelling on was knocked down by a speeding dumper on Sion-Trombay Road at Chunabhati on Sunday night.
According to the police, constable Pratap Kisan Chavan, 45, was a resident of Shrimangal society at Bhoiwada in Parel. The incident occurred at 7.30pm at Rahul Nagar. His wife Pranita, who was riding pillion, sustained minor injuries in mishap and was discharged after initial treatment.
Cops said the accident occurred after the dumper driver, Shiv Charan Singh, 21, veered towards left without giving indication. “Without giving the signal, the dumper driver changed the direction of and rammed it into the motorcycle the victims were travelling on,” said Sunil Bhosale, senior inspector from Chunabhatti police station.
Chavan sustained grievous injuries to his chest in the mishap. “The driver tried to flee the spot, but was nabbed by the passers-by,” said Bhosale.
Singh was arrested and booked under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 134 (a) (b) of the Motor Vehicles Act.
Though Chavan was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was declared dead on arrival. Investigations revealed that the couple had dropped their children to a relative’s place in Wadala and were returning to their home when the accident occurred.