Lady driver, who killed a pedestrian and injured two, nabbed

A day after Ambika Vashisht’s speeding car rammed into three pedestrians, she was handed over by Military police to Khadki cops. She was released on bail by a magistrate court by afternoon

A day after her rash driving resulted in the death of a woman and caused injuries to two others, Khadki police on Wednesday morning, arrested the wife of an army officer who was driving the car.


The arrested accused Ambika Dev Mohan Vashisth, 38, wife of Lt Col Dev Mohan, was later released on bail by a magistrate court. Police officials said that the two women who were treated for their injuries at Sassoon Hospital are out of danger and have been discharged. Ambika works in a private firm at Dehradun and was in Pune on a holiday. Her husband resides at 512, army quarters, Khadki and works at 512 Army Base Workshop, Khadki.

As per the FIR registered with Khadki police station, the incident took place at around 1.30 pmon Tuesday on Mula House Road where Ammunition Factory officials and other defence officials reside. Ambika was driving a grey Honda Amaze car on her way back home with her school kid. Police officials, citing witnesses, said that she was speaking on her phone when she lost control and hit the three women walking on the footpath from behind. But no witness is coming forward to register their statement officially with the police, to say that she was on the phone at the time of the accident.

The deceased has been identified as Nanda Ramdas Pardeshi, 50, and the injured are Sulochana Pardeshi, 50, and Shakuntala Kanchi, 56, all residents of Shantinagar in Yerwada. They work on contract basis as gardeners in Ammunition Factory, Khadki (AFK). They were returning to work after lunch when the incident happened.

Residence of the accused

Assistant Police Inspector Dilip Salunke, who is investigating the case, said, “Ambika was arrested today (Wednesday) in the morning at around 11.30 am and was later presented in court. After the accident, people started gathering there and sensing trouble, Ambika fled from the spot. People rushed the injured women to the cantonment-run Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Cantonment Hospital in Khadki Bazar, from where they were shifted to Sassoon Hospital. Nanda was declared death on arrival by the Sassoon Hospital doctors.”

Khadki police learnt about the accident at around 7 pm. Based on information from witnesses about the car’s registration number, UK-07 BH-1331 a probe was launched to nab the driver. The Khadki Police sought help from the Military Police in the probe. The Military Police handed over the accused to Khadki police on Wednesday and she was arrested.

Sunil Zape, Vashisth’s advocate said, “Ambika was booked under sections 279 (rash driving), 304A (causing death due to negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 184 (driving dangerously), 132 (duty of driver to stop in certain cases), and other relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act. All the charges are bailable.”

Ambika was produced before a holiday magistrate court in Shivajinagar, post noon, and released on bail on furnishing surety of Rs 10,000. Police have seized her car and driving license,” said Zape.

Originally published on The Golden Sparrow