Despite being advised not to walk because of the severe fracture in his leg, 45-year-old taxi driver Ramsingh Patel hobbled around the MIDC police station all Friday afternoon.
One by one, he confronted various officials, asking them when his taxi would be returned to him. The accident has cost Patel his family’s only source of income.
“I have a daughter who is doing her graduation in science, and a son in Class 12. The taxi that was badly damaged in the accident was my only source of income and I had bought it just a year ago. They have seized it and sent it to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) for inspection,” said Patel. “The procedures will take long and then there will be the repairs. I do not know fromwhere I will gather enough money for all this.”
“Now, with a broken leg, I will not be able to work for a few months at least. My family is dependent on me and this accident has rendered me completely helpless, and for no fault of my own,” he added.
Patel’s taxi was hit by the dumper as he slowed down towards the Durga Nagar signal. The collision pushed the cab into a vehicle waiting ahead of him. “The dashboard, steering wheel were pushed to my stomach, the front of the car was badly mangled. My leg got stuck between the clutch and the brake and I could not get out.