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10 dead, 22 injured as truck carrying workers overturns near Sangli

The workers are believed to have been travelling in the truck because state transport buses are off the road, due to the strike called by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC)

pune Updated: Oct 22, 2017 22:43 IST

PUNE At least 10 daily wage workers, five women and five men, were killed, when the truck in which they were travelling overturned near village Manerajuri in Sangli district. The truck, laden with tiles, had begun its journey in Karnataka and was headed towards Karad.

There were 32 people in the truck including the driver and his brother at the time of the mishap. While a few people were sitting on top of the driver’s cabin, some were sitting next to the driver and most were sitting in the truck’s carrier, amidst piles of shahabadi tiles. The incident happened between 2 am-3 am on Saturday, according to the police. The passengers were being carried illegally by the driver even though he was aware of the danger involved, police said.

Eleven injured were moved to a hospital in Miraj and 10 to a hospital in Tasgaon. Tehsildar Shilpa Tokde Patil was at the spot immediately and a heavy earth mover was called to clear the tiles and pull people out of the rubble, Sangli district collector V Kalam said.

Blaming the state government for the mishap, Tasgaon MLA, Suman Patil (NCP), said the lives of the passengers could have been saved had the state transport workers’ strike been addressed in time.

The North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) had cancelled buses to Kolhapur and neighbouring areas after two passengers on a KSRTC were injured in stone-pelting by MSRTC workers on October 10. However, KSRTC buses to other regions were functional.

The police were retrieving bodies from under the rubble well into the morning and all those in the truck were daily-wage workers, headed from the Sindagi region in Karnataka, according to the police.

“The deceased have been identified. Relatives were informed through the Vijapur authorities and ambulances will be provided to move the deceased to their homes,” Kalam said on Saturday afternoon.

The deceased identified are Sangama Sidappa Mimase Konur, 60, Srimantgonda Golappa Birajdar, 55, Sangavva Siddhappa Kognur, 70, Nisarsab Bashasab Ankalangi, 37, Chandabi Nisarsahab Ankalagi, 17, Kammu Nisarsahab Ankalagi, 35, Bashir alias Satish Sangappa Rathod, Bhimsha Sangappa Manor, 55, Annappa Bhimrao Manor, 30 and Akkawa Bhimrao Manor, 50.

All the deceased are from Gulbarga and Vijapur regions of Karnataka, according to the police.

Some of the injured have been identified as Indubai Shamrao Nimbalkar, 30, Parshuram Yallappa Pujari, 25, Basamma Yallappa Pujari, Roopesh Shivaji Rathod, 27, Santosh Mahadev Manjule, Ashok Revappa Biradar, 50, Lakshmibai Lakshman Madar, 30, Lakshman Prabhu Madar, 40, Baby Sameer Husain Shaikh, 45, Sahebanna Mahadappa Dnyanmanta, 65, and Nagappa Shamrao Nimbalkar, 8.

Sub-inspector (PSI) Pradeep Pandurang Chauddhary, 35, of Tasgaon police station lodged a complaint against the driver under section 304, 279, 337, 338, 427 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 15:47 IST