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Woman executive held for knocking down 5 on Pune road divider

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

A woman has been arrested for allegedly mowing down five people who were waiting on a road divider, killing two of them, police said today.

Sujata Shroff, director at a city-based realty firm, was arrested yesterday. She was later produced in a local which granted her bail, they said.

Shroff allegedly drove her car recklessly and mowed down five people who were standing on a divider, waiting to cross a road in Baner area on Monday afternoon, they said.

In the horrific accident captured on CCTV, three-year-old Ishika Ajaykumar Vishwakarma died on the spot. Her mother Pooja Ajaykumar Vishwakarma (24) susffered critical injuries and succumbed at a hospital yesterday, police said.

The three others, Sayyad Ali Peer Ali (25), Nisha Sahid Shaikh (24) and Sajeed Sahid Shaikh (4)--all members of a family--were injured and are currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital, they said.

Chatushringi police booked her under sections 304 (A) (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.

A police officer said they have obtained the CCTV footage of the mishap, which shows the speeding car spinning out of control and hitting the five people standing on the road divider.

"We are checking whether she was talking over phone while driving the car," he said.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 19:42 IST