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Fresh charges added in Shakespeare Sarani accident case

Kolkata: The prime accused of the accident at the crossing of Shakespeare Sarani and Loudon Street, identified as Arsalan Parvez, had violated all the traffic signals since he started driving the car on Friday night.

During investigation, police scrutinised the CCTV camera footages and found that he had never stopped at any red light on Friday night. Parvez was produced at the Bankshall Court on Sunday and has been remanded to police custody till August 29. Two more charges were added to the case on Sunday, after the court granted the appeal by the investigators.

On Sunday after producing Parvez before the magistrate, police made an appeal before the court to add two new sections of law to the case. During the hearing, the Public Prosecutor (PP) appealed for adding sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) IPC and 3 (mischief causing damage to public property) of Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act to the case initiated against 22-year-old Parvez.

It was also mentioned that Parvez, being a driver, knew that violating traffic signals could be fatal but still he went on flouting the traffic norms. Earlier on Saturday, the case was initiated against him on charges of rash driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

On Sunday, after hearing the PP and defense council, the court granted the appeal of adding charges of attempt to commit culpable homicide and mischief causing damage to public property. It may be mentioned that only a sessions court can hold trial of cases with such charges.

On Sunday morning, the bodies of two Bangladeshi nationals identified as Kazi Mohammad Mainul Alam (36), who was a resident of Jhenaidah and Farhana Islam Tania (28), a resident of Muhammadpur in Dhaka, were sent to Bangladesh. By afternoon, the cremation was done.

Mofakkharul Iqbal, First Secretary of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata said: "Police have taken prompt action and we are happy with the action taken so far."

Late on Friday-night at the crossing of Shakespeare Sarani and Loudon Street Parvez violated the red light while driving a Jaguar at high speed and hit a Mercedes sedan which was pushed into a Kolkata Police traffic post, killing the victims who had taken shelter under it from rain.

The traffic post was uprooted from its concrete base due to the ferocity of the impact. Following the accident, Parvez fled the scene but was later arrested. Representatives from the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata visited the Shakespeare Sarani police station on Saturday morning and took details of the incident.

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