A regulation nakabandi on Marine Drive turned into a nightmare for four policemen when a 43-year-old man in a black Audi A6 drove the car right into them. The driver also hit a pedestrian.
The five victims sustained injuries and were taken to GT hospital.
At 1.30am on Friday, Dinesh Khandekar was speeding towards the Oberoi hotel on Marine Drive to pick up his employer Dharmesh Shah, a Gamdevi-based businessman. Khandekar spotted the barricades set up at the security check post a little too late, and in the process of slowing down his car, lost control of it entirely, police officials said. The car drove into the five people, skidded along for 25 feet and finally climbed on to a footpath, before coming to a halt a few meters ahead of the 26/11 martyrs' memorial.
Medical tests confirmed that Khandekar was not drunk with the accident took place. "Soon after the accident, we caught hold of Khandekar first conducted a medical test on him at GT hospital to check for alcohol in his blood. The result was negative," said Paraji Repale, assistant inspector, Marine Drive police station.
Those injured included Sainath Dhuri, a constable attached to the JJ Marg police station, who sustained a fracture in his left leg. Amol Kale, 29, Suresh Kate, 52 and Pankaj Khairnar 30, all police constables at the Marine Drive police station, sustained minor injuries. Mubarak Rehmatali Shaikh, a resident of Pydhonie, was also hurt.
While four of the injured were treated at hospital and discharged, Dhuri had to be admitted to Bombay hospital for his fracture. The injured constables also complained of sustained pain, and were later taken to Bombay Hospital more check-ups.
The police arrested Khandekar and booked him under various sections of the IPC. He was produced in a local court and released after paying bail of Rs 5,000.