Pune: Minor Boy Was Drunk, Have Added Culpable Homicide Charges In Porsche Accident Case – Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar

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Reported by Sumit Singh & Tikam Shekhawat

Pune, 20th May 2024: A 17-year-old boy driving a Porsche hit a motorcycle in Kalyani Nagar, resulting in the deaths of two IT engineers. The incident occurred around 3 am on Sunday. The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has released the accused on bail after he was produced by the police.

In an exclusive interview with Punekar News, Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar expressed the gravity of the situation. “This is a very serious case. We have registered the offence under Section 304 of the IPC, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder. We did not file a case under Section 304A, which is usually used in accident cases. This is the most stringent section we could apply.”

Kumar further explained that an officer of the rank of ACP had submitted an application to the court seeking permission to try the accused as an adult, given the heinous nature of the crime. “As defined in the Juvenile Justice Act, we sought to try the accused as an adult in this heinous crime. Unfortunately, the court did not accept our request. We also requested to keep the accused in a remand home for 14 days until the matter of him being tried as an adult was resolved, but this application was also denied.”

The police commissioner announced plans to move the district court against the lower court’s order. “Two people have lost their lives because the accused was driving under the influence of alcohol, is underage, and had no driving license. Based on the district court’s order, we will determine the course of our investigation.”

Kumar emphasized that the police have taken this incident very seriously and have already booked the owners of Cosie and Blak clubs, where the underage accused was served alcohol. “We have obtained CCTV footage from these clubs showing the youths consuming liquor. We have also booked the father of the accused for allowing him to drive the car.”

Addressing concerns about pub culture in Kalyani Nagar and Pune, Kumar stated, “We have made sure that pubs close by 1:30 a.m. There might be some aberrations, but we are taking action against those violating the rules. We are also addressing gatherings outside these establishments after they close, and you will soon see the results.”

Kumar assured Pune’s citizens that strict action would be taken against all those involved in this case, without any external pressure. “The accused had consumed alcohol, as evident from the CCTV footage we obtained from the clubs they visited before the accident. We are a professional force.”

The Pune Police Commissioner concluded by stating his readiness to face any legal challenges and to take all necessary steps to ensure justice is served.