Negligence of civic officials led to death, say police
Police investigation found three civic officials allegedly negligent in performing their duty, resulting in death of a senior citizen who fell into a trench at Wadala last month.mumbai Updated: Feb 11, 2011 01:16 IST
Police investigation found three civic officials allegedly negligent in performing their duty, resulting in death of a senior citizen who fell into a trench at Wadala last month.
On January 5, Marriamma Naidu (60) was out to buy milk at around 6am. She died after falling into a pit dug up civic contractors to replace the underground Storm Water Drain (SWD) line in Wadala.
Senior police inspector of Wadala police station submitted a progress report to the Bombay high court, in which three BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials were named for being allegedly negligent in performing their duty.
The report names deputy engineers, Satish Mehta and Sandip Kamble and a junior engineer, Vijay Kasture, who were in charge of the site where the accident took place.
A division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice UD Salvi has issued a notice to the BMC, asking the civic body to have its advocate present in the court on the next date of hearing on March 10.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by retired businessman Indur Chhugani seeking criminal action against BMC officers and contractors who dig up roads and leave open trenches that pose a danger to citizens.
After going through the report, justice Marlapalle said: “The report says that the engineers were not careful enough. The barricades were not there.”
Additional public prosecutor Pandurang Pol told the court that they, who was carrying out the digging work, and supervisor Acchelal Ramdhar Yadav and labour contractor Subramaniam Thevar.