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Pune Porsche accident: New CCTV footage shows hospital staff receiving bribe to swap teen's blood sample

Jun 14, 2024 10:34 AM IST

Pune Porsche crash: The CCTV camera footage shows an employee of Pune's Sassoon hospital allegedly receiving bribe.

The police have accessed new CCTV camera footage in the Pune Porsche accident case in which a 17-year-old boy allegedly crashed the luxury car into a motorcycle, killing two young software engineers in the city last month.

A new video emerged in the Pune Porsche crash case
A new video emerged in the Pune Porsche crash case

The CCTV camera footage, recorded in the Yerwada area, shows an employee of the Sassoon General Hospital, accused of being part of a conspiracy to swap the juvenile driver's blood samples, allegedly receiving a bribe, news agency PTI reported. The police said a middleman, Ashpak Makandar, handed over the bribe to hospital employee Atul Ghatkamble.

Reportedly, the bribe of 3 lakh was paid on the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) premises.

Ghalkamble was already arrested along with the hospital’s suspended forensics department head, Dr Ajay Taware, and former casualty medical officer, Dr Shrihari Halnor, for allegedly changing the blood samples of the minor.

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According to the police, the 17-year-old boy's blood sample was taken on May 19 - hours after the incident - at the Sassoon General Hospital. However, when the police suspected the manipulation of the blood sample, another was taken at the Aundh Government Hospital. Shortly after this, a third blood sample of the juvenile's father was taken for DNA matching, which revealed that the first sample was manipulated.

The police have arrested the accused's parents in connection with a case related to the alleged swapping of his blood samples.

The incident took place on May 19 in Pune's Kalyani Nagar area when the 17-year-old boy - who was driving a Porsche - collided with a motorcycle, killing two techies identified as Anis Awadhiya and Ashwini Costa. Based on the CCTV footage, the police said that the minor boy was driving the Porsche at a speed of 160 kmph at the time of the accident.

According to the police, the teenager—the son of well-known builder Vishal Agrawal—had thrown a party for his friends on Saturday night to celebrate his Class 12 results. The group was drinking at restaurants in the city and driving around at night.

The police have registered three separate cases in connection with the incident, including - an FIR over the accident, a second one against a pub that allegedly served liquor to the juvenile and the accused's father for allowing him to drive the car without a valid license.

A third case has also been registered in connection with the wrongful confinement and coercion of the family driver to take the blame for the fatal accident - in which the accused's grandfather has been arrested.

Meanwhile, the JJB on Wednesday extended the accused's observation home remand until June 25. Earlier, he was kept in the observation home remand until June 12.

According to the police, the teen's release at the current juncture may hinder the ongoing investigation into the case.

(With inputs from PTI)

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