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Porsche crash case: Grandfather of teenager arrested for 'wrongful confinement' of family driver, says official

On reports that the family’s driver had claimed he was at the wheel, Pune’s Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar said that the matter is being probed as to why he said it or who made him make such a claim.
Last Updated : 25 May 2024, 04:25 IST
Last Updated : 25 May 2024, 04:25 IST

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Mumbai: In a series of fresh developments into the May 19 sensational Porsche drunken-driving hit-and-run case, Pune police have arrested Surendra Kumar Agarwal, the grandfather of the minor boy who is the main accused.

Earlier, the police had arrested his father Vishal Agarwal.

The grandfather Surendra Kumar Agarwal has been accused of allegedly threatening and confining the family driver and forcing him to take the blame for the car crash in lieu of monetary considerations.

The driver is a witness in the case.

The Agarwal family owns the Brahma Group, a real estate and construction company, which was founded by Brahmadatt Agarwal.

The 17-year-old minor, who was involved in the accident, was sent to the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyog Kendra, a juvenile rehabilitation/correctional home.

His father, Vishal Agarwal, who was arrested by the Crime Branch of Pune police, is currently in judicial custody.

Surendra Agarwal, will be produced in court later in the day.

Meanwhile, Pune police suspended two police officials - Police Inspector Rahul Jagdale and Assistant Police Inspector Vishwanath Todkar, both attached to the Yerawada Police Station for dereliction of duty vis-a-vis the initial handling of the case.

The accident took place in Kalyani Nagar on May 19, and according to reports, the accused, who did not have a driving license, was speeding the Porsche Taycan, which did not have any registration number plate, at over 200 kms per hour.

The speeding car hit a motorcycle, killing Aneesh Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta, both aged 24, who working as IT engineers in Johnson Controls as data analysts. Aneesh and Ashwini hailed from Umaria and Jabalpur districts, respectively, of Madhya Pradesh.

The 17-year-old boy has been remanded to the Nehru Udyog Kendra Observation Home in Yerawada for 14 days until June 5, while his father Vishal Agarwal and pub owners and managers who served him alcohol have also been held.

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Published 25 May 2024, 04:25 IST

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