Photographs taken by a media person who witnessed the alleged drink driving accident at Chembur in the wee hours of Thursday will play a crucial role in helping police build a strong case against the accused, Aarti Shetty.
Shetty, 32, allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, crashed her BMW car into an auto rickshaw, killing one person and injuring three others.
SS Rajput, senior inspector, Mankhurd police said, “The process of gathering evidence to build a strong case against Shetty has started. We have copies of the photographs taken by a local reporter, Mukund Singh, who happened to be crossing the spot when the incident took place.” He added, “The photographs will play a crucial role in proving that Shetty was driving the vehicle.”
Apart from the photographs, we have also started recording the statements of eyewitnesses. The police are also recording Singh’s statement, who remains the prime witness in the case as his vehicle was just behind Shetty’s car. “There are not many eye witnesses as the incident took place at 4am,” said an officer. The police are also awaiting Shetty’s blood-alcohol report.
Meanwhile Ali Sayyad, the eldest son of Mobina Zehra who died in the accident told HT, “We will ensure that Shetty is convicted just like Nooriya Haveliwala.”
While Haveliwala was booked under section 304 (II) of the IPC— a more stringent section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder — Shetty has been booked under section 304 (A), which is death due to negligence. Aware of the difference Sayyad said, “We have been engrossed with my mother’s funeral. My father and brother are also in hospital, and we hear that Shetty herself is in the hospital. Once we are a little less preoccupied, we will question the police.”