The lives of pavement dwellers still remain at high risk not only because of some drunken teenagers but from licence holding professional drivers as well. In yet another accident a 20-year-old youth lost his life in the wee hours of Thursday in Dahisar.
Mohammad Zalil alias Munna, a worker at the scrap market stretched on the service road situated about 30 meters from the Dahisar Checkpoint was sleeping on the roadside. At around 2.30am, a yellow heavy load dumper came speeding into the service road from the main highway and rammed into seven three-wheeler load carriers. The driver of the vehicle lost control and diverted on the service road. After skidding towards the left it rammed into a tree uprooting it, then changed course to the right to get back to the highway. But unfortunately it collided with the carriers parked on the divider of the highway and the service road and dragged them about 10 feet running over Munna, who was lying on the iron cot besides the carriers.
According to the witnesses and the owners of the shops in the Akbar scrap market, they were sleeping inside their tin roof shops when they heard a loud noise. When they rushed out they saw a dumper parked overturned on their carriers. On hearing screems they looked further and found Munna writhing with pain under the smashed carriers.
“Munna never slept outside but only last night he told me that he was not comfortable inside and wanted to sleep freely under the open sky. Suddenly I woke up with a start and the firs reaction was whether the scream was of Munna. On stepping out the atmosphere was filled with smoke making it difficult to see any thing. When the smoke cleared we found Munna’s body buried under the debris,” said Mohammad Ibrahim, owner of the scrap shop where Munna had been working since the past two years after he migrated from Uttar Pradesh.
“The Driver of the dumper had already fled when we went to look for him,” Ibrahim added.
“Munna’s body was taken to the Bhagwati hospital in Borivali for post-mortem. We have informed his relatives in UP and awaiting for them to arrive and claim the body,” said inspector Vishwasnath Rathod, the investigation officer from Dahisar police station. “A case of rash and negligent driving along with offence of failing to obey lane direction control signal (sections 279, 304 of IPC and section 134 (a) (b) of the Motor Vehicle Act) has been registered against the driver who is yet to be traced. We are also on the look out for the dumper owner,” he added.
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