Mumbai: 24-year-old cab driver held for running over man near JJ junction flyover

A 24-year-old driver working for a cab aggregator company was arrested by Sir J J Marg Police on Friday for allegedly ramming a 40-year-old man near JJ Junction in the wee hours of June 7.

Police said that the arrested accused, identified as Sufiyan Khan, 24, had lied to them that the victim has fell from J J bridge, when in reality he had rammed into him. The victim later died during the treatment at the hospital.

According to police, Khan, who was on his way to drop a passenger, rammed into the man near JJ Junction on June 7, at around 2.15am, wherein the latter sustained injuries. Khan then rushed him to the JJ Hospital for treatment and claimed that he found the man lying unconscious after people had gathered around him and then offered to help, the complaint said.

Khan said that he could have fallen down the bridge, concealing the truth, an official said. The victim who is yet to be identified succumbed to his injuries during treatment the same morning, following which police registered an accidental death report and began their investigation.

During the investigation, police scrutinized the CCTV camera footage of the spot, and on Thursday, noticed that the deceased was walking near JJ Junction, when he was rammed by a Wagon-R car, which was driven by Khan, who alighted from the vehicle and rushed the man to the hospital. Police then summoned Khan for further questioning, wherein he confessed of the crime and was apprehended.

Police said that Khan has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for causing death due to negligence (section 304A), rash driving (section 279), causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (section 337), causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (section 338) and furnishing false information (section 177).

He was produced before a local magistrate court on Saturday and has been remanded in judicial custody till June 17.

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