‘Tried helping but there was too much blood’
Asif Khan still cannot believe what he witnessed early on Wednesday morning. Megha Sood reports.Updated: Sep 02, 2010 02:20 IST
Asif Khan still cannot believe what he witnessed early on Wednesday morning.
Khan was taking a leisurely walk along the Marine Drive promenade when he saw a speeding car hit a scooter.
The duo on the scooter, Abdul Shaikh and Zulfikar Mohammed Qureshi, had attended namaaz at the Hamidiya Masjid near Masjid Bunder and were driving around Marine drive.
“I was stunned to see the men being hit by a speeding car. A few seconds ago, they were fine and suddenly one of them was dead,” Asif said.
Asif said he rushed towards the duo and tried to help them get up.
“But there was blood all over the place. It was horrible,” Asif said. “Before I could alert the police the patrolling van had already started chasing the car.”
The police are finding it difficult to get witnesses because the incident occurred very late at night.
Police sources said one witness told the police that Kothari had a companion.
A witness at Malabar Hill saw Kothari’s car hit four other vehicles.
“When Kothari rammed into the parked cars and tried speeding away, one of the tyres of his car burst. At that time, Kothari’s companion fled while we nabbed Kothari and handed him to the police,” the witness said.
Senior Police Inspector of Marine Drive Z.M. Gharal said the police patrolling teams that had chased Kothari had not seen anybody with him.
“We are trying to find out whether Kothari had a companion. The tyre burst stopped Kothari from escaping. The policemen would have noticed if there was somebody else in the car,” Gharal said.