Teen accused’s granddad held, sent to police custody in Pune Porsche crash

The teenager’s grandfather, Surendra Agarwal, was arrested for “illegal confinement” of the driver, and a court subsequently remanded him in police custody until May 28.
The Porsche car driven by a 17-year-old boy which knocked down two motorbike riders in the Kalyani Nagar area of Pune city in the early hours of Sunday, causing their deaths.
The Porsche car driven by a 17-year-old boy which knocked down two motorbike riders in the Kalyani Nagar area of Pune city in the early hours of Sunday, causing their deaths. Photo| PTI

MUMBAI: In a new twist to the Porsche car crash episode, the Pune police on Saturday arrested the grandfather of the 17-year-old involved in the horrific incident that killed two persons. The police said both the teenager’s father and grandfather put pressure on the family’s driver to take blame for the accident by offering him money and making threats.

The teenager’s grandfather, Surendra Agarwal, was arrested for “illegal confinement” of the driver, and a court subsequently remanded him in police custody until May 28. The minor’s father, in judicial custody in another case registered in the May 19 accident, too, was named in the FIR.

“After the accident, the driver gave a statement at the police station that he was at the wheel... But it was revealed that the teen was driving the car,’ police commissioner Amitesh Kumar told the media.

After the driver left the police station, the teenager’s father, realtor Vishal Agarwal and his grandfather whisked him in a car to his house and confined him there, the senior police officer said.

“He was pressured to give a statement,” Kumar said. The Agarwal family offered to pay the driver “any amount he quoted,” the commissioner said.

Vishal Agarwal and his father were booked under IPC sections 365 (kidnapping) and 368 (wrongfully keeping in confinement).

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