Mumbai: A 70-year-old
woman was killed when she was knocked down by a Land Cruiser owned
by Bollywood actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan, police here said Monday.
The Khan family says that they would not pay any compensation to
the victim's family as she was disowned by them.
The incident occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday near St. Andrew's
Church when the vehicle was headed towards the home of the Khans
The woman has been identified as Chandra Bala, police said. She
was rushed to the Bhabha Hospital by a police constable and some
autorickshaw drivers in the vicinity but died from her injuries.
The car was being driven by Dhananjay Pimpale. A top police
official supervising the investigation said Pimpale came and
reported the accident case to the police station shortly
"We have recorded his statement and also the statements of two
eyewitnesses who were present at the scene of the accident. We
shall record the statements of the vehicle owner (Arbaaz Khan) and
Sohail Khan (who has been using the vehicle)," the official told
He confirmed that nobody else was present in the vehicle and also
the fact that Pimpale was not intoxicated at the time of the
"However, we shall send his blood samples for analysis to further
confirm this," the official added.
Pimpale was later presented before a magistrate here Monday
After a brief hearing, Pimpale was remanded in police custody till
July 9, but soon afterwards, he applied for and secured a bail on
an amount of Rs.10,000, his lawyer Zameer Khan told media persons.
Arbaaz's father, Salim Khan called it an "unfortunate" incident
and told IANS: "The woman suddenly came in front of the vehicle
and fell. The driver immediately applied the brakes and reported
the matter to the police."
He claimed that the woman, apparently frail, was not "crushed" as
claimed in some quarters, but fell near the vehicle.
Meanwhile, Salman Khan - brother of Arbaaz - said that they won't
pay any compensation, but would attend her cremation.
"We are not paying any compensation to the family members of the
victim as we got to know that her family had disowned her," he
told media outside his residence Galaxy Apartment in Bandra.
"She was sleeping on the streets that shows that her family had
disowned her. Now those who will come to claim her body, they
won't necessarily be her family members. But I hope they come to
claim her body."
"When we'll come to know that her body has been handed over for
cremation, we'll make sure that we three brothers and our father
are there," added the star.