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Mumbai accident victim’s family didn’t rely on police, tracked down accused tanker driver

mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2017 12:20 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
The 30-year-old accident victim, Mohsin Khan.
The 30-year-old accident victim, Mohsin Khan.(HT Photo)

Three months after a 30-year-old biker died in a road accident in Mumbai, his family members carried out their own investigation into the case, and helped the police arrest the errant tanker driver.

This came at a time when the police had reached a dead end, as none of the CCTV cameras at the crucial Haji Ali junction, where the accident took place, were working and therefore no video footage was available to track down the tanker.

The victim, Mohsin Khan, met with the accident on May 11 when he was on his way back home to Malad from Marine Lines around 1.20am. Khan had turned towards Worli to a petrol pump as his bike needed petrol. “We received a call at 2am from Mohsin’s friend who was riding behind him, saying that he had been admitted to Jaslok hospital as he had met with an accident. We rushed to the hospital only to find out that Mohsin was no more,” said Iqbal Hakim, Khan’s father-in-law.

When Hakim and Mohsin’s parents went to the police station to find out who the driver of vehicle was, the officers told them that his identity was unknown. “They did not even know which vehicle was responsible for killing Mohsin,” said Hakim. Mohsin, who was a father to two children, used to work as a team leader at the Modi Hyundai showroom at Malad link road.

Hakim said that the police registered a case against an unknown driver of a tanker after they recorded his friend’s statement, who witnessed the accident. The Tardeo police began their investigation in the case, but they found no evidence.

The police had checked the CCTVs near Lotus petrol pump,only to find that they were defunct. They then checked the CCTVs near the Lala Lajpat Rai College, which were also non- functional. The CCTVs at Haji Ali junction were under technical repairs.

Hakim said that after waiting for a month, they decided to help the police and find out for themselves what had happened to their son. “We went to Lala Lajpat Rai college and found that the National Sports Club of India had a CCTV in their premises. We decided to take a chance, as the tanker might have crossed this area. The NSCI authorities gave us the footage, which helped us. We found out that on that night, four tankers had come to the club and tanker with the number plate MH04FJ7750 had left the premises at 1.15am,’ said Hakim.

They handed over the CCTV recordings to the police, after which the police traced the tanker driver and arrested him on Tuesday evening.

“We have arrested the tanker driver and produced him before the court,” said PI Prakash Kamble, from Tardeo police station.

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 11:26 IST