Mumbai, 17th January 2024: A day after a fatal motorcycle crash claimed the lives of three individuals at Mumbai’s Parel Bridge, the police have taken an unusual step by registering a case against one of the deceased. The victims, Tanish Patange (24), Renuka Tamrakar (25), and Nicole Dias (25), were riding the motorcycle without helmets, resulting in grievous head injuries and their subsequent demise at KEM Hospital.
Originally filed as a case of accidental death, the Bhoiwada Police modified the charges on Wednesday, directing them against Tanish Patange, a call center employee and the driver of the motorcycle. The charges include sections 304 (A) (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) of the Indian Penal Code, along with section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
An officer stated, “We found that Patange was responsible for the accident due to which he has been booked. It is procedural. We have registered a case against him, and as he is no more, we will soon submit a closure report in court.”
Tanish Patange, who worked in Chandigarh, had recently visited Mumbai to meet his family. The crash occurred as the two-wheeler collided with a divider, leading to a collision with a dumper truck. Patange, who was scheduled to return to Chandigarh on the day of the incident, did not survive the crash. The police investigation concluded that Patange was at fault for the accident, prompting the posthumous registration of a case against him.