Aurangabad: An out-of-control SUV in Aurangabad killed a 2-year-old child, injuring another 5-yr-old, her father and uncle on Tuesday morning. Moments later, the driver knocked down a biker, before slamming into a shop.
The 17-year-old son of a local Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Abdul Qadeer Maulana was allegedly behind the wheel, learning how to drive in the busy city centre. "The incident happened around 8:15 am. We have arrested the driver of the vehicle and registered a case," said Ajit Bahura, ACP, Aurangabad Police.
The teenager has been produced before the Juvenile Justice Board but tensions ran high on Tuesday soon after, with a mob vandalising the SUV. This isn't the first time NCP leaders have been in the news for abuse of power.
On Tuesday, a video emerged of NCP Minister of Medical Education Vijaykumar Gavit abusing medical students in unparliamentary language. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar made derogatory comments on the Maharashtra drought for which he continues to face flak from the public and the opposition.
Another NCP Minister Bhaskar Jadhav came under suspicion for throwing an extravagant marriage celebration for his children during the drought. "It is unfortunate. Party has demanded action against whoever has committed crime. It is unfair to hold the father responsible for the son's actions," Jitendra Awhad, NCP spokesperson said.
Though the NCP has rallied behind the Aurangabad leader, the chorus for swift action against for the senseless mowing down of the toddler and her family is getting louder.