Tamil actor and producer T Rajendar‘s car driver was arrested and granted bail, after his vehicle reportedly ran over a physically challenged pavement dweller in Chennai on Friday, a police official from the Pondy Bazaar Traffic station tells Silverscreen India.
The victim, Munusamy, who was being treated at the Royapettah Government Hospital, subsequently succumbed to his injuries. While the accident took place on Friday night at around 8.30 pm, CCTV footage of the accident began to surface on the internet, in the last few days. The footage showed Munusamy crawling at a road juncture and was run over by Rajendar’s car, when it took a right turn. The vehicle was an Innova, that was registered under Rajendar’s son, actor Silambarasan’s name.
Speaking to us, the police official says, “The accident took place on March 18. The victim was already injured in his legs. He was seen crawling on the road. The driver, Selvam, was in charge of the vehicle and the incident took place at Elango Salai in the Teynampet area, when Rajendar was taking his granddaughter to the children’s hospital in that area. There was a sharp corner and since the vehicle could not see the crawling man, he was run over.”
The official further says that post the accident, the victim was taken to the Royapettah Government Hospital by 108 ambulance, after Rajendar had called and arranged for transportation. However, the man later succumbed to his injuries.
An FIR was registered and the driver was booked under Section 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (causing death by negligence not amounting to murder). “The vehicle had insurance and it is confirmed that it is not drunk and drive case. The driver was arrested and he is out on bail. All the legal procedures have been taken appropriately,” the official adds.