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No case against road authorities, say cops

Three days after a woman was killed after falling off a motorcycle on the pothole-ridden Badlapur-Ambernath highway, police officer Prakash Nilewad from Manpada police station told Hindustan Times

mumbai Updated: Oct 25, 2011 01:31 IST
Mohamed Thaver

Three days after a woman was killed after falling off a motorcycle on the pothole-ridden Badlapur-Ambernath highway, police officer Prakash Nilewad from Manpada police station told Hindustan Times: "No case will be registered against the authority responsible for maintaining the road even if it is proved that the accident was caused by potholes. There are potholes on most roads.That is a separate issue. One has to be careful while riding. The maintenance of roads does not fall under us."

When the Manpada police was informed about the incident, they took a statement from Patil, and then registered a case against him. The investigating officer, sub inspector R Baviskar of Manpada police station, said: “Patil was speeding and hence did not spot the pothole. Most roads have potholes. We are however investigating the matter.”

Amit Patil, who owns a restaurant near the spot, told HT that there had been another accident at the same spot recently, in which one person was killed and three injured. DCP (Kalyan) Hirasingh Jadhav told HT: “The matter is being investigated currently so I cannot say anything.” When questioned whether action will be taken against those responsible for maintaining the road where the accident took place, Jadhav said: “We may consider it depending upon what the investigations reveal.”