The Byculla police will patrol the pavements where slum dwellers sleep in order to avoid mishaps like the one on Tuesday in which a woman and her three children were mowed down by a trailer.
“We are now going to conduct patrolling in areas under our jurisdiction, where people sleep on the streets making it difficult for the motorists to pass. We have been doing it but for sometime now but the slum dwellers always return,” said Arun Dhanawade, assistant police inspector of Byculla police station.
On Tuesday, Sona Shaikh, 30, and her three children—Lubna, 10, Shabana, 6, and Yasin, 2, were sleeping on Reay Road, when they were mowed down by a trailer. The locals caught the driver, Ghuyal Gaur, who was then handed over to the Byculla police. The police said the road in narrow and congested and slum dwellers sleeping on the street leave very little space for the vehicles to pass by.
Gaur told the police said that he was speeding on the congested road because he was scared of being robbed. According to him, the road has a history of drivers being intercepted and robbed by slum dwellers. He said a bike that was following him scared him further. Gaur told the police he lost control of the vehicle when the biker tried to overtake. He has been granted bail.