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Mumbai Maratha Kranti Morcha: ‘Had Maharashtra managed traffic better, 5 wouldn’t have died’

According to Viren Pawar, a volunteer at the Morcha, the state had not taken adequate measures

mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2017 09:50 IST
Naresh Kamath
Pawar said that the restrictions needed to be like those placed during the Ganpati festival on the Konkan belt, where large number of devotees from Mumbai proceed to celebrate at their native places
Pawar said that the restrictions needed to be like those placed during the Ganpati festival on the Konkan belt, where large number of devotees from Mumbai proceed to celebrate at their native places(HT)

The Maratha Kranti Morcha organisers have blamed the state government for the deaths of five protestors who were returning home after Wednesday’s massive rally in Mumbai.

They have demanded that the state compensate the kin of the dead.

All five died in road accidents---two in Mumbai and three on the Yeola-Vaijapur highway.

According to Viren Pawar, a volunteer at the Morcha, the state had not taken adequate measures. “Despite knowing that thousands were participating in the Mumbai morcha from across the state, there were no restrictions on the movement of heavy vehicles,” said Pawar. “Both the accidents occurred because of these vehicles,” he added.

Pawar said that the restrictions needed to be like those placed during the Ganpati festival on the Konkan belt, where large number of devotees from Mumbai proceed to celebrate at their native places.

In a meeting that took place on Thursday, it was decided that the Maratha Kranti Morcha members would contribute and offer help to the families of the victims.

On Wednesday evening, around 6pm, two youngsters died in Mumbai’s Wadala area after a truck hit their motorcycles. The accident took place near the monorail at Bhakti Park. The three boys — Vinayak Dhage, 22, Siddhesh Mhase, 25, and Siddharth Chavan, 21— had gone to Wadala after the rally and were waiting for a friend beside their parked motorcycles. Suddenly, a truck approached and hit them, killing Dhage and Mhase. The police arrested the truck driver.

In the second incident, three men were killed after a truck collided against their car at Yeola Tehsil in Nashik. The incident took place around 7am when they were on their way back after taking part in the morcha. According to the police, the car was initially hit by another vehicle on the rear end. As a result, the driver lost control and the vehicle swerved into an adjoining lane. A truck proceeding towards Nashik collided with the car and resulted in the casualties.