Rashid Khan, the driver who had knocked down the two constables, had got down from his car, given them his licence, and had left, promising not to abscond. The Azad Maidan police later traced Khan to his employer’s office near Gol Masjid in south Mumbai.
The two constables, Nagesh Shambhu and Vijay Chavan, had been to the motor transport department in Nagpada, following which they were returning to the DB Marg police station and hence took the JJ flyover to avoid the traffic on Mohammad Ali Road. Khan, while driving in his Honda City car, crashed into them at the southern end.
Anant Jadhav, assistant commissioner of police (Girgaon division) said, “Khan said he had some important work and gave the constables his driving licence. He said he would not abscond and left. Soon after, a police team reached the accident spot and the two constables were taken to Bombay Hospital.”
Officials said the car’s number plate was flagged and the Azad Maidan police were informed about the car. Soon after, the police traced the vehicle to Marine Chambers near Gol Masjid and arrested Khan from the office of a marketing company. Meanwhile, there was confusion over the jurisdiction between JJ Marg and Pydhonie police stations, following the accident. Even as the accident took place at noon, a case was registered in the evening against Khan at the Pydhonie police station.