Kutch hit-and-run accident accused held in Rajasthan

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Ahmedabad, March 17 (IANS) A son of a Dubai-based businessman was arrested on Thursday from neighbouring Rajasthan on the charge of killing three persons with his sport utility vehicle in Kutch district.

Pankil Mohatta (25) was apprehended from Abu Road early Thursday morning when he arrived at his relative’s house, police said.

“We had alerted the police in Palanpur, Ahmedabad and Abu Road where his relatives live as we thought he might visit them,” said Kutch (East) Superintendent of Police G.V. Barot.

The accused’s blood sample was sent for analysis to ascertain if he was driving under the influence of liquor or drug on Monday night when his SUV rammed a group of people, killing three and injuring two others.

The incident took place near the IFFCO Colony gate on the Gandhidham-Kandla Road after which Pankil fled from the spot.

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“Pankil was behind the driving wheel when the accident took place,” Barot said.

His father, Sunil Mohatta, is into the export-import business and resides in Dubai, while Pankil stays with his grandparents in Gandhidham, around 250 km from here, police said.

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