ON CRASH COURSEMumbai: There is little consolation for the family of the deceased PSI, Dina Nath Shinde (41). The traffic sub-inspector with the Kalbadevi station, was the sole earning member of his family.
He is survived by his wife, Devyani (40), college-going daughter Dipti (16) and 12-year-old son, Siddhesh, who is studying in Std VII. Shinde joined the traffic police department two years ago after he was transferred from the Local Arms unit in Naigaon. Shinde had earlier worked with the Pydhonie police station. “He was always punctual and was respected by everyone,” said one of his colleagues. Another colleague remembers him as “a great officer, a good colleague and brother to us all’’.
Shinde’s relatives learnt about the accident early on Saturday. “We were shocked to see his condition. He sustained severe head injuries,’’ said Subhash Shinde, a relative. He died at Bombay Hospital.
Devyani said, “This incident is similar to the Salman Khan case. The accused should be punished.”
The second victim, biker Afzal Ibrahim (36), who had been stopped by the traffic police for a breathalyser test, died on the way to Saifee Hospital. The Kurla resident hails from a middle-class family and had recently opened a restaurant, Mezbaan, in his neighbourhood. He is survived by his wife and a four-year-old daughter.
His friend, who was riding pillion, managed to escape unscathed. He said they had gone on an impromptu ride to south Mumbai after a long day’s work.
The Times of India, January 31, 2010