The police investigation into the Juhu drink driving accident case has come to a standstill owing to the long weekend and the ensuing festivals, officials said. While several policemen have been busy with the bandobasts and nakabandis in light of Mahavir jayanti festival on Thursday and the Good Friday, the accident probe has made little progress.
“The regional transport office was closed on Thursday and Friday. And hence, the inspection report of the vehicle, Hyundai Getz, and the autorickshaw it hit, has been delayed. The report was to arrive on Thursday,” said an official from Santacruz police station.
Besides, the police said, most of the policemen from all the local stations have been busy with patrolling duties assigned to them for the festivals.
Another issue, police officials said, is that since the traffic police has joined hands with the policemen from local police stations to control drink driving, several policemen have now been deployed on the roads. “Owing to the two major drink driving accidents recently, police patrols have increased substantially. Also, we have been asked to check on local bars, pubs and wine shops, especially with the long weekend when more people are bound to consume alcohol,” he said.
The blood report of the accused, Rahul Mishra, 23, is yet to arrive, the police said. Mishra, after being produced before a court on Tuesday afternoon, has been remanded to judicial custody until April 18.
The police said that authorities of the Royalty club have not been summoned to the police station yet and the investigation on that front is in progress. The Santa Cruz police recently filed a case against the Bandra-based club for allegedly serving alcohol to six youngsters who were involved in the Juhu drink-driving accident that killed an 18-year-old girl.