Monday, 19 February 2018 | PNS | Haridwar-
Just three days after the officials of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Public Works Department (PWD) started work on marking the accident-prone spots to reduce the roads accidents on the national highway, two members of the religious fraternity from Haridwar died in a road accident near Bahadrabad while three other persons got seriously injured. The injured were admitted to the local hospital from where one of them was referred to the higher medical centre.
A new flyover is under construction near College of Engineering, Roorkee (COER), a few kilometers away from Bahadrabad and there is no sign board to clearly indicate the way between the two bridges out of which one is under construction. This long pending highway broadening work has taken toll on many lives till date but the concerned authorities have not been able to mitigate the death toll. After Supreme Court orders, a team of officials from the NHAI and the PWD had recently inspected and marked 22 such risky spots between Haridwar and Bahadrabad and assured to complete the work within three days.
Speaking to The Pioneer, Bahadrabad police station in charge Manohar Singh Bhandari said, “Five people were coming from Haryana to Haridwar at midnight on Saturday. There are two bridges near COER which the driver of the car appears to have missed out in darkness of night and the car slipped in the passage between the two. There was no sign board. Two people died in the accident.”
The deceased have been identified as Mayapur resident of Udaseen Akhada, Mahant Bhagwan Das and his disciple Pushpendra Goswami. The three injured include Mahesh Panch, Mahant Harendra Das and Vimlesh Goswami. The injured persons are also reported to be in a critical condition and one of them has been referred to higher medical centre for treatment. Cabinet Minister and local MLA Madan Kaushik has expressed condolence at the demise of the Ramanand Ashram Peethadheeshwar Mahant Bhagwan Das and his disciple Pushpendra Goswami.
ROAD ACCIDENTS GO UNABATED, THREE MORE DIE
With the spate of fatal road accidents appearing to continue across the State, apart from the two members of the religious fraternity killed in Haridwar, three persons are reported to have died in separate road mishaps in Haridwar, Dehradun and Tehri districts over the past 24 hours on Sunday. In Haridwar, a 30 year old woman identified as Pushpa Devi, a resident of Panipat district in Haryana was killed in a road accident while she was crossing the highway near Bhupatwala under jurisdiction of city police station on Saturday night. She was run over by a speeding truck. She was rushed to district hospital where the doctors declared her brought dead.
Elsewhere, a person died when the car he was in skidded off and plunged off the road into a ditch near Jain Gaushala at Kuanwala in Doiwala area late on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Pradeep Kumar, a resident of Premnagar Bazaar, Doiwala. Police reached the spot after receiving information about the mishap and retrieved the body of the mishap victim. The vehicle was lifted onto the road with a crane while the family members were informed about the accident after which the body was sent for post-mortem examination on Sunday.
In Tehri district, one woman died while four others were injured when the car they were in skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge at Dhaulapani, Narendranagar on Saturday. The injured persons were admitted in Narendranagar hospital. The five persons were travelling in the car from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi when they met with the accident. The deceased has been identified as Sushila Pokhriyal, principal of government girls inter college, Dunda. She was returning to Uttarkashi after attending last rites of her mother in Haridwar. The injured persons are Sumitra Devi, Trepan Singh Negi, Puran Singh Pokhriyal and Usha Devi. Local police reached the accident site and along with retrieving the body, got the injured admitted to the local hospital.
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