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Mumbai man learning how to drive crashes tempo into 13 asleep on footpath

The driver has a learner’s licence. He had not been drink driving, said police

mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2017 09:06 IST
Pratik Salunke
Pratik Salunke
Hindustan Times
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The injured family was discharged from a local hospital.(Photo for representation)

Thirteen of a family sleeping on the footpath were injured at Mazgaon early on Sunday after a man driving a tempo rammed into them.

Police said the family — Firoj Malik, 19, his mother Firoja, 35, uncle Siddique Qureshi, 41 and other family members Amina Qureshi, 41, Mohamed Shaikh, 42, Aftab Khan, 16, Arfaq Khan, 16, Fateh Shaikh, 20, Johin Ijaz, 12, Roja Saket, 35, Ayesha Ansari, 40, Tanvir Khan, 16, Haibiba Malik, 19 — suffered injuries on their legs, shoulders and hands. They were discharged from JJ Hospital.

The family had been sleeping on the road near Nariyalwadi Cemetery as it was too hot to sleep inside, said police. “The tempo was carrying milk pouches to be distributed at various places in the city. The driver, Chandrapraskash Singh, 23, has a learner’s license. He took a turn on the road and failed to see the people sleeping on the road. He crashed into their beds,” said an officer from Byculla police station.

Police booked a man identified as Arjun, who had been accompanying Singh.

Police said Singh had not been drink driving. He was booked under section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

First Published: May 15, 2017 11:42 IST