The road accident on Sunday night by a car allegedly owned by Arbaaz Khan and driven by Sohail Khan's driver, which took a woman's life, has left the Khan family with a disturbing sense of déjà vu, and a deep sense of distress and indignation as no member of the Khan family was in the car when the accident occurred.
A distressed Sohail Khan claimed that media reports involving the Khan name have deeply disturbed the family.
"We are not an insensitive family," he says. "And it's not a good feeling to be portrayed that way. The driver was alone in the car, and it was he who caused the unfortunate accident. He has taken the responsibility for it."
Sohail adds that the Khan family is deeply disturbed by the accident. "We are shaken by the whole episode. Who wouldn't be? Are we not human? To be called insensitive when only I know the trauma that my family is going through ever since the accident happened, is very unfair."
Sohail says the accident was seen by several eyewitnesses. "They've told the police exactly what happened. The driver was alone in the car. The poor lady lost her life. We are as troubled by this as any normal family would be. Why are we being perceived as callous and indifferent? It is sad that such a tragic event has become one more occasion to make us brothers look like reckless adventurers. Our names are being used just because our driver is not a celebrity."
Sohail is also upset with the way the Khan family's role in the tragedy has been distorted.
Says Sohail, "Look at how our statements are minsterpreted. I said it was sad to see homeless people sleeping on the roads covering themselves with plastic sheets to stop being drenched in the rain. Given this kind of dangerous situation, if God forbid, a car loses control, it can prove fatal. What happened should not and must not happen to anyone. Let's make the roads safer for the pedestrians and the drivers."