Hyderabad pavement mishap: Student arrested, bar sealed

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Hyderabad: The Kushaiguda Police on Tuesday arrested 20-year-old B.Tech student Ishanya Pathireddy in connection with the accident that killed T Ashok Kumar, a cobbler sleeping on the roadside, and injured his son T Mahesh in the wee hours of Monday.

The police also collected CCTV footage from the premises of Up – The Roof Top Lounge, a bar-cum-restaurant in AS Rao Nagar, in order to ascertain that Ishanya was driving the car when the accident occurred.

According to Kushaiguda Inspector K Chandrashekar, footage from three CCTV cameras installed at the car parking area and entry/exit points of the bar-cum-restaurant were recovered.

“The footage was collected as an evidence to prove that Ishanya was the one who drove the car. Apart from that, eye-witnesses were also questioned and their statements have been recorded,” he said, adding that Ishanya was arrested and produced before court, after which she was remanded in judicial custody.

The police also collected information on the entry and exit timings of Ishanya, who had gone to the bar-cum-restaurant to attend a birthday party along with three of her friends.

“In the footage recovered from the parking area, Ishanya was seen helping two of her friends get into the car,” said the Inspector.

Meanwhile, a case has been booked against the bar-cum-restaurant owner, Charan Reddy, under sections 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and 21/76 (For running the business beyond the permissible timings) of the City Police Act.

His arrest will be recorded once the Prohibition and Excise department completes its investigation, the Inspector said.

Restaurant sealed for violating rules

The Prohibition and Excise Department on Tuesday sealed the Up – The Roof Top Lounge, a bar-cum-restaurant at AS Rao Nagar for allegedly supplying liquor to underaged persons.

Excise officials also arrested Prasad, a bar employee, for serving liquor to minors, all engineering college students. The bar has been sealed till further orders. “We are also writing a letter requesting senior officials to place the bar license under suspension,” Assistant Excise Superintendent K Pradeep Rao said here.

The action came in the wake of the accident in which a roadside cobbler T Ashok Kumar, who was sleeping on a pavement, died after a car driven by a BTech student, who was on her way home after a party at the restaurant, ran over him at DAE Colony near ECIL crossroads.

The restaurant was barely 3 km from the accident spot. The bar was sealed after finding evidence that the staff supplied liquor to minors in violation of norms prescribed under the Excise Act.

There were also allegations that one among the quartet entered the bar with a duplicate identity proof. “We are yet to ascertain it,” Rao added.