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Mother, daughter dies after being run over by car, driver held

A 38-year-old woman and her 8-year-old daughter, who were sleeping on footpath, were killed after a car allegedly ran over them in Dombivili town of the district, police said today.

The incident occurred yesterday in the wee hours at Girnar Chowk near Shiv Mandir locality when the car ran over them, Assistant Police Inspector of Dombivili Police station S Avghade said. Prima facie it appears that the car driver Iqbal Sheikh, who was driving reportedly under the influence of alcohol, first hit another vehicle coming from an opposite direction and then ran over the duo who were sleeping on the footpath, he said.

The woman have been identified as Meena Kumari and her daughter Pushpa. They were beggars, the official added. Sheikh was apprehended and produced in local court which remanded him in five-day police custody.  A case under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC and relevant sections of Motor Vehicles Act has been registered, police said. Meanwhile, the driver of another vehicle, who was also injured in the mishap, is undergoing treatment at a local hospital, they added.

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