KOCHI: The Mahindra XUV in which the actor was molested on February 17 night had a history of vrooming away on the national highway violating speed regulations. Providing more lead to the ongoing investigation, the Motor Vehicles Department revealed the car was booked six times in the first seven months of 2016 for violating speed regulations. The department is in the process of verifying speed violations from August 2016 to February 2017.
What’s more intriguing is all speed violations occurred during the night on the same stretch where the alleged incident of actor abuse took place.
As per the data available with the Automated Enforcement wing of the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD), the vehicle bearing registration number KL-39-F-5744 was booked six times till July last year. The police also issued a check report in July for speeding. Coincidentally, three violations were booked in February last year near Angamaly where the alleged abduction of the actor took place. The vehicle was caught violating speed regulations at Kundannoor, Karukutty, Athani, Koratty, Edakkad, Ambalapady, Athirumada and Karumalloor also.
The Motor Vehicles Department has found that all incidents of speed violations involving the Mahindra XUV used in the actor abuse case has occurred during late night hours.
“We have analysed the data up to August 2016 and are in the process of collecting data for the remaining period. While analysing the data it came to our notice that most of the violations took place during late night hours. While some of the violations were around midnight others happened around 2-3 am,” said a top officer with the Motor Vehicles Department.
The data also revealed the vehicle owner, Blessy Susan Vargheese of Kanjiramattom, had levied the penalty only once in December 2013, though the vehicle was involved in 11 violations. “ As per the MVD rule the penalty should be paid within six months. But in this case there is a pendency of around three years. As we are short of staff for enforcement we remind the owners about pending dues,” said the officer.
Though ‘Express’ tried to contact the vehicle owner, she was unavailable for comment.