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Killer Monday: 2 dead, 42 injured in crashes

Three more accidents in and around Mumbai claimed two lives and injured 42 in 24 hours, reports Jyoti Shelar.
Hindustan Times | By Jyoti Shelar, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2007 03:02 AM IST

Three more accidents in and around Mumbai claimed two lives and injured 42 in 24 hours.

Jyotiba Panhalkar (42), a daily wage earner, was crushed to death under a BEST bus in Lower Parel on Sunday evening. Panhalkar was riding his motorcycle when the mishap occurred on NM Joshi Marg.

"The BEST bus was in the right lane behind Panhalkar, who was on his motorbike. he cut lanes, moving towards the right," said Sunil Temkar, senior police inspector at the NM Joshi Marg police station.

"The bus driver tried to stop the bus but could not control it as he was speeding," Temkar added.

Panhalkar was declared dead before admission at Nair Hospital.

The police arrested bus driver Ejjo Mujawar for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, but said the accident was caused in Panhalkar's attempt to cut lanes. Mujawar was released on bail on Monday.

In another mishap, Somnath Salunke (27) was killed after his parked van was hit by a tempo near APMC Market, Vashi, at 3 am on Monday.

Two other people in the van were injured. The police have arrested tempo driver Ravi Prasad (32), and detained his assistant for questioning.

Meanwhile, 39 people on board a State Transport (ST) bus were injured — 16 of them seriously — when the Kalyan-bound vehicle overturned on Monday afternoon.

Driver Laxman More (48), who sustained severe head injuries, has been booked.

(With inputs from G Mohiuddin Jeddy and Kiran Sonawane)

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