Pune Porsche Crash: Two Police Officers Suspended For ‘Dereliction of Duty’; Case Transferred To Crime Branch

Committee Formed to Investigate Behaviour Of Juvenile Justice Board Members in Pune Porsche Incident

Committee Formed to Investigate Behaviour Of Juvenile Justice Board Members in Pune Porsche Incident

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Pune Police has suspended two officers from Yerwada Police Station for dereliction of duty in the initial response to the Porsche crash case that killed two IT engineers on May 19. 

The officers, Police Inspector Rahul Jagdale and Assistant Police Inspector Vishwanath Todkari, mishandled the investigation and failed to inform the wireless control room about the incident in time, a senior police officer confirmed.

The case has now been transferred to Pune Police’s Crime Branch. Initially handled by the Yerwada Police Station, the investigation into a related case involving the father of the juvenile driver and staff members at two Pune bars, where the juvenile was allegedly served alcohol prior to the accident, is already with the Crime Branch.

Speaking to mediapersons, Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar hinted at punitive action against officials involved in the early stages of the Porsche crash case. Kumar mentioned that an internal inquiry conducted by an Assistant Commissioner of Police found “some negligence” on the part of the officers involved in the first response to the incident.

“There was some negligence by the officers concerned and appropriate action against that officer will be taken at the soonest,” Kumar stated. He explained that the FIR against the minor was lodged around 8 am on Sunday, and the boy was taken to Sassoon General Hospital for a medical examination, where his blood samples were collected around 11 am. 

Kumar acknowledged a lapse in the timing of the blood sample collection but asserted that the case under section 304 (culpable homicide) does not depend on the blood report, emphasizing that the evidence confirms the minor was in full senses while committing the offence.

The crash occurred at Pune’s Kalyani Nagar junction around 2:30 am on May 19, when a speeding Porsche driven by the 17-year-old boy in an inebriated state hit a motorcycle, killing IT engineers Aneesh Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta, who hailed from Madhya Pradesh and worked in Pune.

On Friday, a special court sent the minor’s father to 14 days of magisterial custody, denying an extension of police remand to the crime branch of Pune Police. The father, a realtor, has been accused of handing over the keys of the car to the minor despite him being a juvenile, untrained, and without a driving license.

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