A teenager taking driving lessons from her boss, a lawyer, rammed her car into a jogger and, mistaking him for dead, dumped the ‘body’ on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway at Vasai on Sunday morning.
The victim, Indresh Yadav (24), was rescued after an eyewitness informed the police. He is currently recovering at a Vasai hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.
Lawyer Birendra Mishra (35) and his assistant Varsha Mishra (18) were arrested after police went through closed circuit television (CCTV) footage from the spot and tracked the car. The duo has been charged with attempt to murder. They have been remanded to police custody by the Vasai court.
On Sunday morning, Yadav, a resident of Vijay Residency, Fatherwadi, Vasai (east), was jogging when Varsha, who was in the driver’s seat, rammed the car into him near Madhuvan area. Birendra, a Mira Road resident was seated beside her. Yadav collapsed on the road. Varsha and Birendra alighted from the car and panicked on finding Yadav was unresponsive. Fearing he was dead, they put him in the rear seat of the car and drove toward the highway. At Sasunavghar, they dumped the ‘body’ outside an ashram and fled.
However, an eyewitness saw the victim being dragged out of the car and left on the road.
He informed the police, who arrived at the scene to find Yadav unconscious. Police said Varsha was learning to drive and Birendra was training her.