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Probe ordered into police investigation

mumbai Updated: Mar 29, 2012 02:11 IST
Puja Changoiwala
Puja Changoiwala
Hindustan Times
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Upset with reports of the Oshiwara police making errors while investigating the drink-driving accident that left two people injured on Sunday, additional commissioner of police for west region Vishwas Nangre-Patil has ordered a departmental inquiry.

“An inquiry will be carried out by assistant commissioner of police for the division, N Sherkhane, who will submit a report within a week. This will determine if the errors are a result of negligence or malafied intentions,” said Nangre-Patil.

Preliminary blood report of the accused, Manoj Netrapal Gautam, 39, read: “The person’s breath was smelling of alcohol, but he was not under the influence of alcohol.”

“It was a bizarre statement on the basis of which the police have filed a case. I do not understand what it meant. They have reached a conclusion on the basis of the accused’s dilated pupils and his speech,” he said. “It was the duty of the police officer to have a blood test conducted.”

Since the accident was nearly a fatal, it was necessary to seize the vehicle and subject it to a RTO inspection, he said.

Meanwhile, the victim, Charu Khandal, 28, is due to undergo an eight-hour surgery on Thursday. “If the surgery is successful, Charu can undergo physiotherapy and will be fine in two years,” said her friend Esha Lepcha, 23.

She added, “We are glad that the police’s negligence has come to the fore and hope that Charu is not denied justice again – once due to the negligence of the accused and then the cops.”

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