Children die on Mumbai-Nashik highway; family blames potholes but police file a hit & run case

On Sunday night, according to the police, Prakash Gharat tried overtaking a tanker when the same hit the bike and two children came under the tanker’s tyre after falling on the road

Children die on Mumbai-Nashik highway; family blames potholes but police file a hit & run case

On Sunday night, two children lost their lives in an accident that took place on the Mumbai-Nashik highway. 44-year-old Prakash Gharat and his wife Rekha (38) survived the accident but their children aged 16 and 14 died on the spot. On one side, where family is holding pothole responsible for their children  death, police are ruling out the same. They believe that it was a clear case of hit and run.

On Sunday night, all four members of Gharat family were returning to Vasind on a bike from Avre village (Shahapur) after celebrating Raksha Bandhan. According to the police, at the time of the accident, Prakash tried overtaking a tanker and while doing so, the latter hit his bike and both Prakash and Rekha fell on the other side of the road and the children came under the tanker’s tyre and died on the spot.

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However, Gharat claimed that in a bid to avoid a pothole, he slowed down his bike, that is when the tanker hit his bike from behind making the children fall on the road. Police have seized the tanker but couldn't book the accused driver as he immediately fled the spot after the accident.

Mahesh Shetty, police inspector from the Shahapur police station admitted that there are small potholes on the road but the accident was not caused by the same. He added that they have registered a hit-and-run case against the tanker driver, who is now on the run.

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Shetty added that they analysed the road but no major pothole was found but have asked the concerned department to look into the road condition.

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