Police investigating Saturday's accident at Powai suspect the occupants of the Tata Sumo that crashed into a police van were returning from a drunken binge at Juhu beach.
"At least one beer bottle was found in the car,” said an officer from Powai police, requesting anonymity. “There was sand strewn all over the floor of the car.
There was also a huge vessel in the backseat that contained food. It seems the boys were returning after partying at Juhu beach. They were driving at a high speed," the officer added.
Bajirao Bhosle, senior inspector with the Powai police station said the incident took place at 3.40am on Saturday when the control room received a call that a cement mixer had overturned at the Ganesh ghat area on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli link road (JVLR). A team of police officials went to investigate the accident. Bhosle said the officials were checking the extent of the damage when a speeding Tata Sumo crashed into the van.
The driver, identified as Sagar Gaikwad, 27, was injured and was unable to move. His co-passengers, however, managed to flee. The injured policemen — assistant police sub-inspector Kalyan Mandalik, 55, constables Sridhar Sawakande, 45, BD Dhagde, 44, Tukaram Yadav,44, and Sudhir Pandit, 45 — were rushed to the Wockhardt hospital at Bhandup. While Mandalik and Sawakande were discharged after being given first aid, the others were recuperating.
Police said the driver of the car would be booked for rash and negligent driving and causing hurt. Bhosle said police had not booked the driver for drink driving yet, as they were waiting for the blood alcohol report. Police were also checking if Gaikwad holds a valid driving licence.