Mumbai with a metropolitan population of around 20 million people is well known for its disorganized traffic. No one takes the slightest notice of road markings; there are no bus lanes or bike lanes, as a result, no one likes to risk their lives, and their lungs, cycling in a city like this as this might get them knocked down. In a recent incident, Yesteryear Bollywood diva Zeenat Aman has come out in support of cyclists, after her son became a victim of road rage while cycling to gymnasium around a week ago. Here is the complete report.
According to the complaint filed by the Dum Maro Dum star at Juhu Police Station on September 20, her son Zahaan Khan, 26, was cycling down the Military Camp Road when he was knocked down by a biker. The complaint said that Zahaan’s bicycle was hit in a rear-end collision, and such was the impact that he was thrown onto the footpath. The complaint further said that Zahaan’s leg was profusely bleeding, but the biker, identified as Saheb Rao Shivekar, abused him and shoved his bicycle out of the way before speeding away. Zahaan was rushed to hospital by passers-by and was administered 40 stitches.
After scanning the CCTV footage from the traffic junction, cops identified Shivekar, a building contractor who was arrested for rash driving under the Indian Panel code section 279. Senior Inspector Sunil Gosalkar from Juhu Police Station said that Shivekar had been released on bail.
Zeenat Aman was so enraged at her son’s plight that she went to the police station straight from hospital, although her son had already alerted the cops about the accident. According to the sources, Zeenat Aman said, “My son is a young man and there is absolutely nothing to worry about his recovery. He will be fine. But I was shocked by this incident.” Adding to that she also said that, “He was riding his cycle, which he always does, and was hit from the rear by a motorbike. There were no apologies rendered and I was shocked to see him getting 40 stitches. I personally went to the police station and filed a complaint. The necessary action is being taken,”
“My son was riding on the correct path, he was not hindering traffic or pedestrians, yet he was knocked down. Should it be this difficult to cycle in this city,” she asked. The64 year old actress says that such incidents only repeat the need to provide cyclist in Mumbai with better infrastructure.