Gustad, crewmember, policewoman arrested

By Marcellus D'Souza, IANS
6/2/2004 12:00:00 AM
Director Kaizad Gustad, a member of his film crew and a policewoman were Wednesday arrested in connection with the death of British Pakistani Nadia Khan.

Mumbai Central Railway Police arrested them more than a week after Khan, 27, who was assisting Gustad on the film "Mumbai Central", died during shooting May 25.

Initially, the film crew said Khan was hit by a truck, but eventually Gustad as well as others confessed that she was knocked down by a train at the Mahalaxmi station.

Gustad and line producer Ashish Udeshi are being produced before the Railway Magistrate. Police will plead for their remand.

Ramdas Mhatre, senior police inspector at the Mumbai Central Railway Police, said: "We have arrested them for misleading the police, making false complaints and misusing the permission granted to them."

"We shall be producing copies of the complaint registered by Ashish Udeshi at the Tardeo police station and the medical details from Nair Hospital as evidence," said Mhatre.

Constable Darshana Vetti, who was deputed by Government Railway Police (GRP) at the Mahalaxmi station during the shoot of "Mumbai Central", has been arrested by the railway police and charged with conspiracy.

She did not report the accident, nor did she protest when Udeshi allegedly made a false statement to Tardeo police that Khan had died in a road accident, Mhatre said.

A railway official had earlier said Gustad was shooting near the fast line to Churchgate, a heavy density track, in contravention to railway rules.

Immediately after the accident, Udeshi had rushed Khan to the Nair Hospital in Gustad's car. The hospital authorities were told a truck had hit her, police said.

She was first admitted to the casualty ward and then the surgical ward before being declared dead by a doctor.