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Drunk Woman Driver Hits Police Jeep, Bike; 2 Killed, 4 Hurt

PTI 30 Jan 2010, 16:36:49 PM IST

A woman driving allegedly under the influence of alcohol rammed her car into a police jeep and a bike, leaving an assistant sub-inspector and the biker dead and four constables seriously injured early Saturday morning. 

Nooriya Haveliwala (27), a beautician by profession, lost control over her car and hit the police jeep and bike at Marine Drive in south Mumbai, police said. 

The deceased were identified as Dinanath Shinde, an assistant sub inspector with the traffic police, and biker Afzal Kanojia (35), they said. 

Shinde succumbed to his injuries at the Bombay Hospital while Kanojia was pronounced dead on arrival at the G T hospital. 

The four seriously injured traffic constables were hospitalised and the woman has been arrested, Anil Takalkar, ACP (Traffic) said. 

"Medical tests on the woman, a resident of Colaba in South Mumbai, confirmed presence of 457 ml of alcohol in her blood," a senior police official said. 

She has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, causing grievous hurt and rash and negligent driving, he said.

Nooriya has been sent to police custody till February 5 by a local court.

In a new twist to the case, Nooriya's father Yusuf Haveliwala, a doctor by profession, has said that his daughter does not drink alcohol, and the accident was caused by a tyre burst.

Nooriya had herself told the police that she had consumed three bottles of beer on Friday night. Police has confirmed that it was a clear case of drunken driving.