SP MLA's son crushes three to death in drunken driving case

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Lucknow, Apr 26(UNI) The son of a Samajwadi Party MLA, driving in an inebriated state, crushed three people to death and seriously wounded seven others in Hazratganj locality of the state capital late last night.

Senior Superintendent of Police(SSP) Lucknow Akhil Kumar said here the speeding Safari was being driven by 20-year-old Kashif Abbas, son of SP MLA from Gazipur Sadab Fatima.

He said three people have been killed in the incident while seven others have been admitted to the Trauma Centre with serious injuries.

The deceased include Hassan and Rukman, he said.

The vehicle, coming at a high speed, first crashed into two motorcycles and then after hitting a roadside betel shop, ran over seven people sleeping on the pavement near Clarkes Awadh Hotel, he said.

While the officials put the death toll at three, locals said five people were crushed to death in the incident.

'' The driver of the vehicle(Kasif) has been arrested and a case has been registered under non-intentional murder,''Mr Kumar said.

Police sources said medical examination of the accused confirmed he was drunk. A few beer cans were also recovered from the SUV after the incident, they said. The registration of the vehicle was in the name of Ms Sadab Fatima, they added.

Meanwhile, the father of the accused, Sayeed Hasim Haider, an engineer with the state government, is arriving at the state capital this morning.

Kashif Abbas, a student of BBA in Delhi, does not have a driving licence in his name, police added.

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