Former Indian Idol contestant Prajakta Shukre is in a soup. She allegedly banged her car injuring two kids.
It so happened that Prajakta and her singer friends had gone for a meeting at the Singers’ Association yesterday. While returning their car hit two kids. A crowd gathered around them and Prajakta called her friend Abhijeet Sawant who was in a car behind her but by then the situation had got out of control and they started beating up the singers.
An eyewitness says, “Yesterday night near Santacruz, Prajakta was driving a car and after taking a turn she realized there was another car ahead of them. She applied the brakes but unfortunately two children came in front of her car and were injured. There was too much chaos and police arrested Abhijeet and Prajakta. Later Sonu Nigam got them out of jail on bail.”
When contacted, Prajakta says, “People have made mountain out of a molehill. Actually I had gone to attend a meeting yesterday. After the meeting, Ujjaini and Antara were traveling with me in my car. I have been driving my Honda City for many years now. But I do not know how suddenly this car came in front of us when I took a turn. I wasn’t speeding and so I could apply the brakes. It was a slum area and two kids came from nowhere in front of the car. I came out of my car to see what had happened, when a mob gathered around us. I did not try to run at all and ensured them I would stay there till the police came. They were angry and did not listen to me. I was so frightened that I called Abhijeet who was in a car just behind me. He came there and tried to explain to them that it was more important to rush the kids to the hospital. However they started hitting him. The police arrived soon and we first went to the hospital and later they took our statements. I can understand the sentiment of the crowd but they hit Antara too!”
Parents of the victims have accused Prajakta of drunk driving. It’s also heard that the kids were very serious at the time of being admitted in the hospital. “The cops did an alcohol test with us and the reports have come negative. I also spoke to the inspector who is handling this case in the morning and he told me the kids are fine now and will get discharged tonight. I hope this issue does not blow up further as there so many rumours doing the rounds. It was my mistake that I could not see those kids and I am ready to pay for it. However I do not wish to make matters worse,” she signs off.
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