A 12-year-old Kanwad pilgrim, hailing from Sonepat, Haryana, was crushed to death after a truck hit him from behind late Wednesday night when he was returning from Haridwar after collecting Gangajal. Following the incident, the Kanwad pilgrims created a ruckus and set the truck ablaze. The police rushed the injured pilgrim to the civil hospital where he was declared brought dead. A case was registered against the truck driver and he was sent to judicial custody.
According to the police, the accident happened near Daulatpur when a group of pilgrims from Sonepat Haryana was returning from Haridwar on the Bahadrabad Kaliyar road at around 11pm on Wednesday. The deceased boy was identified as Deepak, son of Sudhir. He was killed on the spot. The angry Kanwadias stopped the truck and thrashed the truck driver. Later police arrested the truck driver.
Speaking of the accident, the police station in-charge, Bahadrabad, Manohar Singh Bhandari said, “We have registered a case against the truck driver who was arrested yesterday. He has been sent to judicial custody.”
Observers say that the accident happened due to the over- crowdedness of the stretch of Bahadrabad Kaliyar Road near Daulatpur. The road-side shops and free langars hosted for the Kanwad pilgrims have further narrowed the road. “Some of the pilgrims even sleep on the sides of the roads. Things are really grim,” said an observer.
Speaking of the accident and the steps police are taking to stop recurrence of accidents, SSP Krishna Kumar V K said that the movement of the heavy vehicles would be stopped on the roads from August 5 to 8. “Till now, the number of the pilgrims is not that much. Stopping vehicular movement at the night hours is a bit difficult as the industrial units located in the nearby areas incur losses because of that.
We go for such step when things warrant it absolutely. The cops on duty are ensuring that the flow of pilgrims is not hampered. We are appealing to the Kanwadias to move on the roads meant for them. Besides, we are alert so that no accident happens when they cross the highway,” he added. read more post…
Friday, 03 August 2018 | PNS | Haridwar–
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