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Pune Porsche Case: 2 Cops Suspended, Probe Transferred To Crime Branch

Two Pune cops suspended for not informing seniors on time about the Porsche crash in which two techies in their 20s lost their lives.

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The Porsche Taycan that was involved in the accident in Pune | Photo: PTI
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Two Pune Police personnel were on Friday suspended in connection to the May 19 Pune Porsche car accident case. Police Inspector Rahul Jagdale and Assistant Police Inspector Vishwanath Todkari, both posted at the Yerwada police station, were suspended for not informing their seniors about the accident, Pune Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar told media.

The investigation has been transferred to the crime branch from the Yerawada police station. Police commissioner Amitesh Kumar told news agency PTI that the investigation was transferred to the crime branch to bring a coordinated approach. 

The crime branch was already investigating the offence registered against the father of the juvenile and owner and staffers of two liquor serving establishments (which the teenager had allegedly visited before the accident), he noted.

The accident occurred early Sunday when a 17-year-old boy, who had been drinking with his friends in two pubs in Pune to celebrate his Class 12 results, crashed his Porsche into a motorcycle, killing two 24-year-old IT professionals. The victims, Aneesh Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta, died instantly.

According to news reports, the teenager was driving at a high speed when he lost control of the car and hit the motorcycle. Awadhiya, who was riding the bike, was sent flying and hit a parked car, while Koshta, who was riding pillion, was flung 20 feet into the air.

The teenager was initially granted bail by a juvenile court on condition that he write an essay on road accidents and assist transport officials in studying traffic rules. However, the bail was later cancelled by the Juvenile Justice Board and he was sent to a rehabilitation home until June 5.

The police officials' suspension came amid widespread outrage over the accident and allegations of leniency by the authorities. The father of the teenager was also arrested for allowing his minor son to drive and consume alcohol.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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