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Speeding dumper kills 10-year-old girl, another woman in Pune’s Chandni chowk

The accident has once again exposed how Chandani chowk, which has been identified as one of the most accident-prone areas by the Pune police, is dangerous for pedestrians

pune Updated: Jul 29, 2017 11:49 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
The steep slope on the stretch connecting Chandani chowk to Paud road and the absence of a footpath made it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle and prevent the accident.
The steep slope on the stretch connecting Chandani chowk to Paud road and the absence of a footpath made it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle and prevent the accident. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

PUNE A speeding dumper killed two persons, including a ten-year-old girl near Chandani chowk on Friday. Another woman sustained severe injuries after being hit by the dumper. Puja Chavan, 19, and Sheetal Rathod, 28, were walking towards Kothrud while Nikita Navale, 10, was with going to school with them when the trio were knocked down by the over speeding dumper. Chavan and Navale died instantly while Rathode sustained leg injuries.

The accident has once again exposed how Chandani chowk, which has been identified as one of the most accident-prone areas by the Pune police, is dangerous for pedestrians. According to police officials, the driver of the over speeding dumper lost control of the vehicle, leading to the mishap. The steep slope on the stretch connecting Chandani chowk to Paud road and the absence of footpath made it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle and prevent the accident.

“We have arrested the driver, Teju Bhuku Rathod, for rash and negligent driving,” said Basavraj Teli, deputy commissioner of police. According to police officials and locals, the absence of footpath on the stretch has made it difficult for pedestrians. After knocking down the three, the dumper hit another vehicle, following which the driver was caught by locals who beat him up before handing him over to police.

Puja Chavan (HT PHOTO)

The accident took place when Nikita was on her way to Vidya Niketan municipal school, where she was admitted two days ago. Chavan and Sheetal, both relatives and employees of DBS Mintek Pvt Ltd, an international call centre, and were on their way to office in Kothrud.

The police have booked the driver under Sections 304,304(a) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 279 ( rash and negligent driving) of the Indian Penal Code. 

Sharada Saste, headmaster of Vidya Niketan municipal school, said, “Nikita had taken admission in our school in Class 4 just two days before. She attended our school just for two days.”

Shailendra Chavan, a resident of Kothrud who witnessed the accident, said, “The speed of the dumper was so much that after crushing the three people, the dumper hit my parked car as well,” he said. The Hindustan Times has also in its recently concluded series covered various accident-prone spots including the one at Chandani chowk while identifying the exact problems and corrective measures required to avoid mishaps.