Mobin Barmare, the driver of the Honda Accord that killed two people and injured two others in Bandra on Wednesday morning, has been charged with culpable homicide (section 304), rash driving (section 279) and driving in the wrong direction (section 427) of the Indian penal code.
“Barmare was speeding on a one-way and lost control,’ Mangesh Pote, senior inspector at the Khar police station, told the Indian Express. “We have charged him under IPC sections 279 and 304. Eyewitnesses told us Barmare hit two other people near China Gate restaurant and was trying to escape.”
The Express report also quoted police as saying Barmare was not under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of the car as he exited a cross road onto Linking Road.
Barmare had been driving the wrong way on the cross road, apparently in an attempt to get away after knocking down a biker at Pali Hill, the Mumbai Mirror reported.
Eyewitness reports claim that Barmare first hit an autorickshaw stopped outside Amarsons Shopping Center. Chandrakant Tupe, the 45-year-old driver of the rickshaw was killed while his passenger, Mandakini Mode (45), who was paying her fare, broke her back and is in intensive care at Bhabha hospital.
Police said the impact sent the rickshaw crashing into a Maruti Swift Dzire, damaging its bumper. Barmare then rammed into a stationary Mahindra XUV 500, shattering the rear window and damaging the bumper as well. The car continued on to hit a stationary BMW outside Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf before hitting Mahesh Ajwani (45) on his bike. Ajwani, who had just dropped his son off at school, was thrown from the bike and severely injured his head. He was declared dead on arrival at Bhabha hospital, police said.
Barmare escaped serious injury thanks to the airbags in the Honda, but was beaten up by passersby before the police arrived. He was driving Rehana Seedat, the legal head of Vodafone India, to her Worli office. Seedat injured her shoulder in the accident and is reportedly being treated at Lilavati Hospital. Barame is the personal chauffer of Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury, a partner at PwC in India, the Indian Express said. Chowdhury is Seedat’s husband.