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Pune Porsche crash: Teen driver’s builder dad, 2 others detained | India News

PUNE: A prominent builder and father of the 17-year-old boy involved in Sunday’s fatal Porsche Taycan crash was detained Tuesday along with his driver and an associate in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, 240km from Pune. The builder faces charges for allowing his underage son, who lacks a valid driving licence and proper training and consumed alcohol, to drive the car.
Police also arrested Naman Bhutada and Sachin Kaatkar, owner and staffer of a Pune pub, and Sandip Sangle, an assistant manager at another pub.They were charged with serving liquor to minors without verifying their age. They were remanded in custody till May 24.
Pune cops are transporting the builder and the two others to the city, and he is expected to be formally arrested and presented in court Wednesday. “We will question the other two people and will take a call on whether to make them co-accused,” Pune police commissioner A Kumar said.
Porsche teen’s dad tried to give cops the slip
Aneesh Awadhia and Ashwini Koshta, both 24 years old and from Jabalpur in MP, were killed in the accident near a pub in an upscale Pune neighbourhood when the Porsche electric luxury sedan struck their bike from behind at 160kmph around 2.30am, dragging Koshta for 50ft, according to police.
The underage driver was detained and Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) released him later with conditions such as writing a 300- word essay and assisting RTO officers for 15 days. Police have filed a review application against JJB’s bail order, while seeking to try the teenager as an adult. The matter will continue Wednesday.
A case was also registered against the two pubs — the teenager and his friends visited — for serving liquor to minors. “On Tuesday evening, we also detained a manager and a staffer of Blak Marriott for questioning and will take a call on their arrest soon,” DCP (crime) Amol Zende said. The police are searching for two more suspects.
“The builder attempted to outsmart us after fleeing from the city. He sent one of his vehicles towards Mumbai and another to Goa. He borrowed a vehicle from an associate but this vehicle had an inbuilt GPS device. Examining CCTV footage from the builder’s bungalow, we found that he had left in a car towards Ahmednagar road. Based on the vehicle’s registration number, we secured the GPS coordinates and tracked the vehicle to Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar,” police chief Kumar said.
Police found the builder’s driver and an associate in a hotel and their questioning led them to a lodge near Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar railway station where the builder was allegedly hiding.

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