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Police Suspect Blood Sample Swap in Pune Accident Case Involving Minor

The controversial Pune accident case, where a realtor’s intoxicated son fatally struck two young IT professionals with his father’s Porsche, is becoming increasingly complex. Authorities now suspect that doctors at a government hospital replaced the juvenile’s blood sample with his mother’s to conceal his alcohol consumption before the accident. A three-member committee from the medical education department has reported to the government that blood samples from all three car occupants were altered. The samples of the other two occupants were also replaced at the hospital with those of their brother and father, respectively.

Police have informed the court that the minor accused’s blood sample was substituted with a woman’s sample to falsely indicate that the 17-year-old was not drunk during the incident. The accident occurred at around 2:15 am on May 19 when the realtor’s son struck IT professionals Ashwini Kostha and Anish Awadhiya, both of whom succumbed to their injuries. According to police reports, the minor was driving at an excessive speed and under the influence of alcohol. CCTV footage shows the teenager drinking with friends at two Pune pubs on the night of the accident.

Following these revelations, the Pune police crime branch plans to question the minor’s mother. They intend to collect her blood sample to compare it with the sample previously submitted to the forensic lab as the minor’s. Meanwhile, a Pune court extended the custody of two doctors and a hospital peon, arrested for allegedly swapping the juvenile’s blood sample. Dr. Ajay Taware, head of the Forensic Medicine Department, Dr. Shrihari Halnor, casualty clinical officer, and peon Atul Ghatkamble are remanded to police custody till June 5.

The court was informed that the minor’s blood sample was replaced with that of a woman to show that he was not intoxicated. At around 2:15 am on May 19, the 17-year-old son of a realtor fatally struck IT professionals Ashwini Kostha and Anish Awadhiya in Pune. The police case states the minor was driving his father’s Porsche at high speed and under the influence of alcohol. CCTV footage recovered by the police shows the teenager consuming alcohol with friends at two Pune pubs on the night of the accident.

Public outrage erupted when the accused minor was released on bail the same day. It was later revealed that his family attempted to influence both the police investigation and the doctors who conducted his medical examination. The Juvenile Justice Board’s decision to grant bail faced criticism, prompting a five-member committee from the state’s Woman and Child Development department to investigate whether the JJB members adhered to legal procedures. The juvenile is currently in an observation home, while his father and grandfather have been arrested for attempting to destroy evidence by bribing officials and pressuring the family driver to take the blame for the accident.

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