An inspector, attached to the Special Branch 1 (bandobast), was hit by a biker, an 18-year-old student, on Tuesday night, sustaining injuries to his head and hand.
Sunil Kadam, 51, is currently recuperating at Bombay hospital where doctors said he was out of danger. Locals took all three to Bombay hospital. The biker and his friend were treated for minor injuries.
Kadam is in charge of the security of cricketers participating in the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai.
The biker, Jayesh Chavan, who was later arrested by the Marine Drive police, and his friend who was riding pillion, sustained minor injuries.
The incident took place around 9.30pm on Tuesday when Kadam, posted at the Trident in south Mumbai where a few cricketers participating in the current edition of the IPL are staying, left the hotel.
“One of Kadam’s superiors had assigned him some work. He had just left the main gate of the hotel and was crossing the road when the biker hit him,” said Rajini Kadam, the inspector’s mother.
Senior inspector of Marine Drive police station Z Gharal said, “Kadam was injured on his head and hand. The biker and pillion rider, too, sustained minor injuries.”
He said the driver was not under the influence of alcohol. Chavan has been arrested on charges of rash and negligent driving and causing grievous hurt by endangering the personal safety of others. He was produced before a court on Wednesday and sent to judicial custody.
Sub-inspector Vilas Sawant said Chavan was neither drunk nor was he speeding. “It seems more like an error of judgement,” said Sawant who is investigating the case.
Sawant said Kadam had suffered a fracture to his right hand and had also received treatment for head injuries. Kadam’s son Swapnil told HT, “ My father is still in the Intensive Care Unit of the Bombay hospital. While he is conscious, doctors have asked him for a CT Scan for the injuries he sustained to his head.” Kadam resides in Sion with his wife son and daughter, while Chavan and his parents reside at the nurse quarters of Dr BA Memorial Hospital at Byculla.