The police are investigating if the six youngsters involved in the Juhu drink driving accident on Saturday, in which 18-year-old Shivani Rawat was killed and two others critically injured, had consumed beer or hard liquor at a pub in Bandra (west) before the accident.
Action will be taken against the pub if the youngsters had been served anything other than beer and wine, the police said, as the state has upped the age limit for the purchase and consumption of beer to 21 years and hard liquor to 25.
The youngsters were returning from the pub when the driver, Rahul Mishra, 23, lost control and crashed his car into a tree. The two injured girls, Nimisha Mane and Priyanka Rai, remain critical.
“Stringent action will be taken against the pub if they are found guilty of serving hard liquor to the youth,” said Pratap Digavkar, deputy commissioner of police (zone 9). “We are also verifying whether the youngsters had valid permits to be served liquor.”
On Sunday, Rawat’s father took her ashes to Nashik for immersion. Mishra is in police custody till Wednesday.