Twenty-one-year-old Sataym Sharma is no newcomer to controversy. The son of a prominent moneyed city-based builder, Satyam’s father is known to flex muscles and connections to enable his son’s release each time his name crops up in trouble.
This time around, an inebriated Satyam rammed his swanky BMW into a couple walking on the Ahmedabad-Sola railway overbridge late night on March 1. According to the police report now filed, the incident took place at 10:30 pm.
He was driving the car with friend Mahaveer, also highly drunk, when he lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the couple. While Amit Singhal (44) suffered multiple fractures on his leg, wife Meghna (40) was left with a fractured hip and leg. Hearing the loud noise and the couple’s cry for help, a group of people rushed towards the car. Sensing trouble, Satyam reportedly swerved the car and whisked away in much speed towards Shakun Mall Crossroads. “He then parked his car near Nilgiri Apartments in Sola and took a bus to Dungarpur to evade arrest. His friend helped in the passage to Rajasthan. The duo then switched off their mobile phones to erase any possible tracing by the police,” shared an investigating officer.
However, a case was registered with the Sola Police (N Division Traffic) for causing grievous hurt by act of endangering life of personal safety of others, on March 1. Subsequently, a hunt was initiated for the culprits. While the car was traced to Sola “with liquor and vodka bottles,” CCTV footage sourced from various points around the crime scene helped in nailing Satyam’s identity.
Last week, the case was handed over to the crime branch. “We examined the evidences available and linked his passage to Rajasthan. Thereon, a team was formed to hunt him down. He was found hiding at a dhaba. On questioning, he admitted to the crime,” shared crime branch officers.
Satyam, a student at Silver Oak University, was also in the eye of a storm when in 2022, his girlfriend registered a case for molestation, harassment and assault. “The matter was settled internally but later, questions were raised about police officers trying to protect him,” shared a classmate.