Mumbai Police arrested Mihir Shah, the main accused who was absconding in the BMW accident case

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Mumbai. Mumbai Police arrested absconding accused 24-year-old Mihir Shah two days after a BMW car allegedly hit a two-wheeler. Mihir, son of Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Shah, was driving the BMW car that hit a scooter. A woman riding the scooter was killed and her husband injured in the incident. A senior police officer said that Mihir, who was absconding since the incident, was arrested from Virar near Mumbai on Sunday morning.

The official said Mihir’s mother and two sisters have been brought to Mumbai from Shahpur in Thane district for questioning. They and 10 others are being questioned. A police official said Mihir’s father Rajesh Shah played an active role in his son’s escape and was conspiring to remove the vehicle involved in the incident. In a related development, an official said the state excise department has sealed a bar in Mumbai’s Juhu area where Mihir and his friends had gone on Saturday night, hours before the accident.

He said that the bar manager had served alcohol to Mihir, who is not even 24 years old yet. The legal drinking age in Maharashtra is 25 years. An excise department official said that the action to seal the bar was taken on the orders of the District Magistrate for violating the rules. Initial investigation revealed that Mihir was driving a BMW car and he hit Kaveri Nakhwa (45) and injured her husband Pradeep. The incident took place on Sunday morning when the couple was going on their two-wheeler in Worli area of ​​Mumbai.

According to the police, the car dragged for about 1.5 km after hitting Kaveri Nakhwa, after which Mihir stopped the car, put his driver on the seat and fled in another vehicle. After the accident, the police formed 11 teams to catch Mihir and also included the crime branch in the investigation. A Lookout Circular (LOC) was also issued against him.
A Mumbai court on Tuesday extended the police custody of Rajesh Shah’s driver Rajish Bidawat till July 11. Driver Rajish Bidawat was sitting in the car with Mihir at the time of the accident. Rajesh Shah is currently out on bail. The CCTV footage presented by the police in court on Monday revealed the horrific details of the accident.

CCTV footage shows Kaveri Nakhwa being dragged by the car for one and a half kilometres. In the images, Mihir and Bidawat can be seen pulling the woman off the bonnet, placing her on the road and crushing her while driving the car in reverse.
An officer said, “After being dragged from Worli, Mihir and Bidawat stopped the car just before BWSL and pulled out the woman trapped in the tyre of the car. Bidawat then sat in the driver’s seat and reversed the car and ran over the victim. They then fled.”

Earlier, opposition parties had criticised the Maharashtra government over the rise in hit-and-run accidents in the state. Questions were also raised over the alleged delay in arresting Mihir even after more than 48 hours of the accident. Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Eknath Shinde had said that no one would be spared in the case. Shinde had said, “As long as I am the chief minister, no person, whether he is rich, influential, or the child of bureaucrats or ministers, or affiliated to any party, will get exemption.”

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