Priest killed, friend hurt in mishap

A young Parsi priest was killed and his friend seriously injured while riding a bike on the Palm Beach Road early on Sunday.

The deceased, Kaiwan M Dastoor (22), resided in Dadar’s Parsi Colony while his injured friend, Cherag Soli Desai (20), is a TYBCom student of Viva College in Virar. Desai is in the ICU of MGM Hospital in CBD Belapur.

By Vijay Singh | TNN

According to the CBD police, the two youths were riding a bike a little after 4am from Vashi to Belapur on Sunday. The fatal mishap occurred at 4.10am when the bike approached the main traffic junction at Killegaothan in CBD. "A vehicle has crashed into the motorcycle and then sped away in the cover of darkness. We have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the unknown driver," said an officer at CBD police station. An FIR has been registered under the IPC sections 279, 304 (A), 337,

338, 427 and under the Motor Vehicles Act sections 184 and 134.

The body of the deceased was badly smashed by the unknown vehicle; and he suffered multiple fractures, including skull injuries. Cherag escaped with injuries on his face, hands and upper torso, along with internal bleeding.

When asked what the two youths were doing so early in the morning on Palm Beach Road, an officer said that possibly the two friends had come there to enjoy a bike ride on the smooth road. They were reportedly together for a function at Dadar Parsi Colony in Mumbai on Saturday night.

At MGM Hospital, Cherag’s father Soli Desai told TOI: "I was away in Nashik on Saturday. My son had only told the other family members in Virar that he is going to Dadar Parsi Colony for a programme. So we really don’t know how they came to Navi Mumbai after that programme in Dadar."

Desai said his son has suffered face and chin fractures, and also internal blood clots in the lungs. He has also been put on multiple ventilators in the ICU to regulate his breathing.

Palm Beach Road is a "killer stretch"In the past four years, there have been over

300 mishaps, killing over 50 persons. This year, 10 have died in 50 accidents on the stretch.

  • i am deeply grieved to hear of this mishap.we have lost one more promising youngster of the parsee community.
    why do young men want to ride bikes and speed on lonelt stretches at night?what compels them to go all the way to belapur?
    and the most important question…why is there no police patrolling at all on this killer stretch?
    forget about policing at night.
    i was attached to the bharti vidyapeeth dental college as professor, way back in 2006.i had to travel to kharghar twice every week to take lectures and practicals.
    i always used the palm beach road, as it was less congested than the main highway.
    i have NEVER seen a policeman, or a police vehicle on this full stretch, except for a very occasional traffic cop at the junction leading to nhava-sheva port.
    the mumbai police or whichever branch operates in new mumbai, really need to pull up their socks.we need regular patrolling in that area.

  • arnavaz_h

    i am deeply grieved to hear of this mishap.we have lost one more promising youngster of the parsee community.
    why do young men want to ride bikes and speed on lonelt stretches at night?what compels them to go all the way to belapur?
    and the most important question…why is there no police patrolling at all on this killer stretch?
    forget about policing at night.
    i was attached to the bharti vidyapeeth dental college as professor, way back in 2006.i had to travel to kharghar twice every week to take lectures and practicals.
    i always used the palm beach road, as it was less congested than the main highway.
    i have NEVER seen a policeman, or a police vehicle on this full stretch, except for a very occasional traffic cop at the junction leading to nhava-sheva port.
    the mumbai police or whichever branch operates in new mumbai, really need to pull up their socks.we need regular patrolling in that area.

  • Adi Damania

    Sad to see another Parsi life so young lost to the community at a time when it can use all the youngster it can get. But then, Parsis and motorcycles go hand-in-hand. Since 1968 when I first began to ride one, I have seen so many young Parsi boys from the Dadar Parsi Colony die in motorcycle accidents. It is very sad.

  • Adi Damania

    Sad to see another Parsi life so young lost to the community at a time when it can use all the youngster it can get. But then, Parsis and motorcycles go hand-in-hand. Since 1968 when I first began to ride one, I have seen so many young Parsi boys from the Dadar Parsi Colony die in motorcycle accidents. It is very sad.

  • babak

    I agree it is very sad. However, I do not agree with your statement about the Parsi Community. This community has destroyed lives of many Parsis and does not care a damn. It is the only community in the world which takes great pleasure in destroying great careers of its youth. It only cares for its ultra rich and infuential like the Tatas.

  • babak

    I agree it is very sad. However, I do not agree with your statement about the Parsi Community. This community has destroyed lives of many Parsis and does not care a damn. It is the only community in the world which takes great pleasure in destroying great careers of its youth. It only cares for its ultra rich and infuential like the Tatas.