Mumbai: Shiv Sena Leader’s Son Detained After Worli BMW Incident Resulting in Death of Woman

Mumbai, 9th July 2024: Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Shah’s son, Mihir Shah, was arrested today, three days after his BMW collided with a couple’s bike in Mumbai, resulting in the death of a woman. A police official stated that Shah was apprehended near Mumbai. The Mumbai court extended the police custody of the Shiv Sena leader’s driver, Rajrishi Bidawat, until July 11.

Former home minister Anil Deshmukh questioned the delay in the arrest, stating, “To determine if he was driving under the influence, blood samples must be taken within 5-6 hours of the incident. With charges now limited to negligent driving, was there a strategy to prevent him from undergoing a blood test?”

Following the fatal accident, six police teams were deployed to apprehend the 24-year-old suspect. The incident occurred when Kaveri Nakhwa, a 45-year-old woman, and her husband Pradip were returning on their scooter after buying wholesale fish near Crawford Market. Police reported that the couple was struck on Dr Annie Besant Road, landing on the car’s bonnet. The BMW accelerated with them onboard. The injured husband searched for his wife but could not locate her. She was later found near the Worli end of the sea link, approximately 2 kilometres from the accident site. She was rushed to Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The car, registered under Mihir’s father’s name, had its insurance expire in May. Rajesh Shah represents Shiv Sena from Palghar under the leadership of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde assured that all individuals involved in the hit-and-run case would face consequences, emphasizing equal treatment under the law regardless of their status or political affiliation.