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Luxury car, bid to blame driver, pub bill: Parallels between Mumbai BMW and Pune Porsche accidents

After reviewing multiple CCTV footage of the accident that killed a woman on Sunday morning, the police uncovered chilling details in the Mumbai BMW hit-and-run case.

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Shgun S -- July 09th 2024 08:59 AM
Luxury car, bid to blame driver, pub bill: Parallels between Mumbai BMW and Pune Porsche accidents

Luxury car, bid to blame driver, pub bill: Parallels between Mumbai BMW and Pune Porsche accidents

Mumbai BMW accident: After reviewing multiple CCTV footage of the accident that killed a woman on Sunday morning, the police uncovered chilling details in the Mumbai BMW hit-and-run case. The BMW driven by the 24-year-old son of a Shiv Sena leader dragged a woman 1.5 kilometres after hitting her, police told a local court.

Kaveri Nakva and her husband Pradik Nakva were on a two-wheeler when a BMW driven by Mihir Shah, the son of Shiv Sena politician Rajesh Shah, hit the scooty and drove away.


Rajesh Shah, now out on bail, was detained, while his son is still on the run. The Mumbai BMW accident is similar to the Pune Porsche case, in which two software engineers on a two-wheeler were killed. The accused's prominent family in the Pune case allegedly attempted to tamper with evidence and mislead the police.

Woman ran over twice

According to the officials, CCTV footage from many areas where the BMW passed shows Mihar Shah stopping the car after dragging Kaveri Nakva for 1.5 kilometres and then exchanging seats with his driver.

When asked why they applied the "culpable homicide" charge, the police explained that Mihir Shah took the woman's body from below the engine area and the bumper and left it on the road. Mihir Shah's driver then reversed the BMW and ran over the woman's body again before disappearing from CCTV footage, according to the cops.

The driver was "well aware of his actions and helped the other accused," the police said in court, justifying the culpable homicide charge.

Accused Mihir Shah absconding

The Mumbai Police have set up 11 teams and dispatched the Crime Branch to apprehend Mihir Shah. A notice to prevent him from leaving India has also been issued.

According to police, after the accident, Mihir Shah and co-accused Rajrishi Bidawat drove the BMW to Bandra and abandoned it. The Shiv Sena leader's son then got another car and sped towards Borivali, the city's northern tip.

"He went to the house of a female friend and has been missing since. He turned off his mobile phone at Borivali. Given the likelihood of him leaving Maharashtra, police teams have been dispatched to neighbouring states, including Gujarat," a police officer stated.

Rs 18,000 bill from pub

According to investigators, Mihir Shah partied with four friends in a Juhu bar until the early hours of Sunday morning before driving to south Mumbai with his driver. The officers found a pub bill of 18,000.

Driver asked to take the blame

According to authorities, Bidawat called Shah shortly after the accident to alert him about the mishap.

Rajesh Shah, Mihir Shah's father, arrived at the accident site within an hour and a half of the accident. He arrived at the place around 6.45 a.m. The hit-and-run crash occurred about 5.30 a.m. 

"Shah asked Bidawat to take the blame for the accident and told Mihir to escape the scene. After their SUV broke down near Kala Nagar in Bandra, Mihir fled the scene."

Rajesh Shah has been charged with giving misinformation and destroying evidence, according to the police.


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