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No licence found on drunk driver

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2012 00:38 IST
HT Correspondent

Pintu Chavan, who allegedly drove a Xylo car in a heavily inebriated condition on Wednesday leading to the death of two of his friends and injuries to another, continues to remain in a serious condition, according to the Navghar police.

Chavan is recuperating in the intensive care unit of the Sion hospital.

Senior inspector of Navghar police Ganesh Gaikwad said the statement of Hemant Dhasal had been recorded. Of the four people in the car, Dhasal is the only person who is conscious.

"Pintu is currently battling for his life as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident. We are waiting for his health to improve," said Gaikwad.

The police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder against Chavan.

The police have now also added relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act as Chavan was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Mahadeo Gundewadi said no driving licence was found on the scene of the accident at Mulund.

"We will check with the family if Chavan has a driving licence. If he does not, further sections of the Motor Vehicles Act will be slapped against him."

The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday when Sachin Bhamne, Gaurav Mandal, along with Dhasal and Chavan, all Diva residents, decided to go on a drinking binge after Bhamne received a divorce notice from his wife.

They had consumed alcohol at Dombivali and Thane, and were on their way to Vikhroli.

Chavan, who was at the wheel, was heavily drunk, said Navghar police. Dhasal, in his statement to the police, said they had advised Chavan against driving the vehicle since he was in no condition to drive. However, Chavan did not pay heed to them and sped further, leading to the accident, he said.

Meanwhile, a family friend of Sachin Bhamne, who did not wish to be named, told HT: "If Pintu Chavan would have listened to his friends and given up driving then his two friends would have been alive today. Bhamne's family is upset that he is being blamed for asking his friends out for a drinking session. They felt that had they returned home from Shil Phata near Kalyan instead of going to the Eastern Express Higway, the tragedy would have been averted. Chavan was not a trained driver and did not even carry a driving licence. His friends told him several times to give the wheels to Dhasal though he did not listen. The friends even had a fight over his driving."