Going on a Diwali shopping spree to celebrate their job confirmation proved fatal for the two women who hailed from Mumbai and Nashik and lived in Pune. The duo on a bike was knocked down by a PMPML bus on Thursday when they were returning from shopping.
The Chatuhshrungi police have identified the deceased as Vaishali Patil (27) and Shruti Apte (26), employees of a Kothrud-based bank. The women, who had received their confirmation letter on Thursday only, had decided to celebrate after office hours.
On their way home, a PMPML bus hit their Activa near the ICC Trade Towers on Senapati Bapat Road, killing them on the spot.
Newly-wed Shruti was to celebrate her first Diwali with husband in Mumbai. Vaishali leaves behind her husband and a four-year-old daughter, who is yet to realise that her mother has passed away.
“The accident took place at a traffic signal where the PMPML bus rammed into their bike. The women fell due to the impact and came under the wheels of the bus. We have detained the driver and registered a case,” Chatuhshrungi police station inspector (crime) Subhash Nikam said.
“Vaishali used to drop Shruti at the University Junction every day after work. They were returning from Tulsibaug after shopping around 8 pm when the accident took place. Vaishali had informed her husband that she would come late. They were supposed to travel to Nashik for Diwali on Saturday but now the family has left for the hometown last night with her body,” said Prachi Shirole, Patil’s neighbour.
The Patils reside at Sangvi while Aptes live in Baner.
“The Aptes had shifted to Pune two months ago. The couple was supposed to go to Mumbai for their first Diwali together. Her husband took a flight to Mumbai early Friday morning,” said Smita Deshpande, Apte’s neighbour.
‘Deceased’s daughter is asking for her mother’
Seven-month pregnant Manisha Mahesh Shinde was knocked down by a speeding vehicle while she was crossing the road near D-Mart at Kalewadi around 12.30 pm on Wednesday. The deceased’s husband is a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus conductor. Manisha’s brother-in-law Umesh Gulabrao Shinde said, “She had gone to purchase medicine from a nearby shop. Later, we got the call from the hospital. Now her four-year-old daughter Riya Shinde is crying and asking for her mother.”