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At least five persons were injured, two of them critically, when a 17-year-old boy lost control of the car he was trying to park in Venkatesh Nagar locality in Nagpur on Saturday afternoon, the police said, reported the PTI.

The boy worked at a garage, and his employer had asked him to park the car, said an official of Nandanvan police station in Nagpur.

The car belongs to a local political leader and did not have insurance, the police official said without disclosing the car owner`s name.

Instead of engaging the clutch, the minor accidentally pressed the accelerator, causing the vehicle to surge forward, he said.

It struck several parked vehicles and ran into three fruit-and-vegetable vendors and two bystanders, the official said.

Mahendra Badridas Aggarwal (55) and Vandana Aggarwal (54), Basanti Netam (40), Golu Gupta (23) and Vikram Bhosale (27) were injured and are undergoing treatment at hospital, the news agency reported on Saturday.

A case was registered for rash driving under the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act, and the minor was detained. Further probe was on, the official said.

Pune car crash: Panel probing two JJB members over minor`s bail finds procedural lapses, misconduct

Meanwhile, a committee formed to probe the conduct of two Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) members in connection with the bail given to the minor in the Pune car crash case has found “procedural lapses”, “misconduct” and “non compliance of norms”, a senior official said on Saturday, according to the PTI.

On May 19, two IT professionals were killed in Kalyani Nagar in Pune after their motorcycle was hit by a speeding Porsche car allegedly driven by a minor in an inebriated condition.

The accident had hit national headlines due to efforts made to get the juvenile off the hook, resulting in the arrest of several persons, including his father and grandfather.

The case caused a national uproar after the JJB gave bail to the accused on very lenient terms, including writing a 300-word essay on road safety.

“The five-member committee submitted its report on Friday to the Women and Child Development department commissioner. The WCD department, after receipt of the report, has issued notices to two JJB members who were appointed by the department,” the official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

“The report has found glaring lapses and mistakes while issuing the bail order by a single member of the JJB on May 19. Though the order granting bail was issued by one member, the other member gave consent the next day. Misconduct and non compliance of norms has been found on the part of the two members and they have been apprised about it,” the official said, reported the PTI.

As part of its probe, the committee appointed by the WCD department had recorded the statement of the two JJB members, he added.

(with PTI inputs)


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