Two days after a Scorpio driver, who was allegedly drunk, ran over a two-year-old boy in Govandi’s Bainganwadi area, the police have neither made any arrests nor identified the accused.
But based on an incomplete number of the vehicle given by eyewitnesses and the photocopy of a passport that fell from the SUV after the accident, the police traced its owner.
“The Scorpio is owned by Krishna Sachdeva (48), a resident of Kopar in Navi Mumbai. However, it’s unclear whether he was behind the wheel at the time of the incident or had a driver,” said Senior Police Inspector DS Jodgujari, of the Shivaji Nagar police station.
“We had gone to his flat on Thursday morning, but it was locked. We learnt that Sachdeva had left the flat eight months ago as he was being hounded by bank officials to pay the instalments on his vehicle,” said an officer, requesting anonymity.
When asked if Sachdeva was driving the SUV, the boy’s parents — Ashfaq Ahmed (30) and Gulshana (28) — and uncle Rizwan
Ahmed said he wasn’t in the vehicle.
On Tuesday, at 11.30 pm, Mohammed Imran (2) was crossing the road to get to a grocery store opposite his house when the Scorpio hit him.
Locals surrounded the SUV and told the two men — aged 25 to 28 years — to get out of the vehicle. The men, who were allegedly drunk, offered to take the boy to hospital. In the chaos, a bunch of maps and a photocopy of a passport fell from the Scorpio.
The men took him to a nearby nursing home, but when the doctors said the boy was critical and should be taken to Rajawadi hospital, they rushed him there. They fled after he was declared dead at Rajawadi.
The police detained locals Ayub and Babul Machmach, who were seen drinking with the accused at Kamla Raman Nagar Ground before the accident.
“We will record their statements before a magistrate to prove that the accused were driving drunk,” said Jodgujari.
“We will record the statements of the eyewitnesses who saw the four men drinking minutes before the accident. However, we can do all this only after the driver is arrested.”