Road blockade staged after deaths
ANGRY RESIDENTS of Gautam Nagar staged a road blockade after the death of two persons, including a man and women, who were allegedly ran over by a truck on the night intervening Tuesday and Wednesday.india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 13:49 IST
ANGRY RESIDENTS of Gautam Nagar staged a road blockade after the death of two persons, including a man and women, who were allegedly ran over by a truck on the night intervening Tuesday and Wednesday.
Also, one of the critically injured women gave birth to a dead child in the hospital today. The police have yet to identify the truck driver who had allegedly ran the labourers over who were sleeping on the pavement. He had been beaten up earlier by the labourers and to settle the scores, he reportedly crushed the labourers to death.
The residents of the slums, including mostly women and children raised slogans against the administration and staged a ‘chakka jam’ at the Chetak Bridge in the morning.
The road blockade continued for over an hour until the district administration announced a compensation of Rs 5,000 to the kin of those who died in the mishap, Rs 3,000 to those critically injured and Rs 1,000 each to those having minor injuries.
The protestors were demanding the arrest of the unidentified truck driver and registration of a case of murder against him. After the officials of police and administration assured the residents of action, the protestors dispersed.
Vinod, 12, and Sarita, 24, had died on the spot while four other women were injured when the truck ran them over. Later, the truck driver had fled the spot. The critically injured, including Vimla and Hirania are undergoing treatment. Vimla gave birth to a dead child today. The body of the child has been sent for post-mortem.
The victims include labourers and rag pickers, who hail from Chhindwara and stay in shanties in Gautam Nagar. They were sleeping on the pavement as water entered slums following rains in the recent past.
Sources said that the unidentified truck driver had tried to molest one of the women who were sleeping on the pavement on late Tuesday evening. Angered by this, the people had beaten him up.
But the truck driver, came back a little later in an inebriated condition and ran the labourers over. SHO Govindpura Salim Khan said that the police registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under the Section 304 of the IPC against the accused and launched a hunt for him.
First Published: Mar 23, 2006 13:49 IST