Gujarat accident: BJP alleges MP’s son-in-law was drunk, Congress denies
The war of words has erupted between the BJP and the Congress over the accident in Anand district in which six people were killed.
The accident happened Thursday evening. The BJP alleged that the defendant was drunk at the time of the accident, and the defendant’s father-in-law, who is a sitting congressman, Poonambhai Parmar, was trying to protect him.
Parmar, however, claimed that his son-in-law, Ketan Padhiyar, did not drink alcohol. The Congressman said, “Political opponents were needlessly creating trouble out of thin air just to tarnish my political image.”
He added that Padhiyar was also injured in the accident and was admitted to a private hospital. Parmar said they would cooperate fully with police in the investigation.
Mitesh Patel, a member of Anand Lok Sabha, in an interview with IANS, said: “Not only even eyewitnesses to the accident, local villagers, said that Ketan Padhiyar was drunk at the time of the accident. The police collected enough evidence from his car to suggest that the defendant had been drinking alcohol, the police took his blood sample for a breath test and the FSL report will reveal all.”
Patel alleged that even if Congress attempted to shield Padhiyar from arrest, it would not succeed as there was ample evidence of negligent driving which killed six people against him.
Sojitra Police Station, under whose jurisdiction the accident occurred, filed a criminal complaint under CIP Section 304 for culpable homicide, prohibition law against Ketan Padhiyar, AP Parmar said, police sub-inspector. “As the accused is injured and is being treated in a private hospital, the police have been deployed to the hospital, as soon as he is released he will be arrested,” the officer said.
Six people were killed after a car rammed a rickshaw and a bicycle on Thursday night. While two people died on the spot, four others succumbed to their injuries after being transferred to a hospital in Sojitra.
The deceased included three members of a family, including two sisters and their mother.
According to the police, a car registered as GJ-23-CD-4404 rammed a rickshaw and a bicycle near the village of Dali under Sojitra taluka.
While the rickshaw driver and the cyclist died instantly, three other rickshaw passengers and the bicycle passenger succumbed to their injuries in hospital.
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