Politician's 17-year-old son, learning to drive, mows down little girl

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 13:54 hrs

Aurangabad: Reckless driving of a SUV car by the 17-year-old son of a senior NCP leader has snuffed out the life of a two-year-old girl after which the teenager was detained by police.

Police said on Wednesday the minor son of Abdul Qadeer Maulana was detained for questioning after the sports utility vehicle (SUV) he was driving knocked down two minor girls and their uncle, killing the younger girl on the spot.

The driver was underage - 17 years old -- and there were reports that claimed that he was allegedly learning to drive when the incident occurred.

The accident occurred on Tuesday morning and the minor victim was identified as Navya Prakash Sonawane, police said.

CCTV footage of the mishap showed the minor girl being mowed down by the high-end car.

According to police, the minor boy was behind the wheel at the time of incident, while car driver Mohammed Amar Chaus, was seated beside him.

Navya and her three-year-old sister Sayali were on their way to a temple along with their uncle, Shirish Sonawane (35) when they were hit by the car near the Hudco TV Centre chowk, senior inspector Pratap Baviskar of Cidco police station said.

The CCTV footage showed the car then went on to hit another two-wheeler and knocked down his driver.

After the accident, an irate mob roughed up the occupants of the car and tried to burn the vehicle, but the police intervened and brought the situation under control.

Sonawane and his niece were admitted to a private hospital.

The minor boy was detained while Chaus was arrested in this connection, police said.

The teenaged son of an NCP leader was arrested after he lost control of the SUV he was driving, crushing three people and killing a three-year-old girl instantly here.

The incident occurred at 8.15 a.m. at the busy Doordarshan Kendra junction in the New Aurangabad area.

Syed Bilal, 17, son of state NCP vice president and head of the minority cell A. Kadir Maulana, was arrested with his driver Mohammed Amar Chaus, who was in the passenger seat when the incident occurred.

"The law will take its own course and appropriate action would be taken against the guilty," state NCP spokesperson Jitendra Awhad said even as the party washed its hands of the embarrassing incident.

According to Aurangabad police Wednesday, the SUV ran over Shirish Sonawane, 35, and his nieces five-year-old Sayali and three-year-old Navya, who were going to pray at a temple nearby.

It then hit a motorcycle and finally crashed against a wall, where it came to a stop.

An irate mob attacked the SUV with stones, smashing its windows and turned it over on its side.

Bilal is the youngest son of Maulana, also a businessman with interests in the realty sector and who has been a municipal corporator.

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