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Updated: June 9, 2013 10:46 IST

Police put accident victim in the dock

Petlee Peter
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Prabhu and Balamurugan on Wallajah Road after the accident on May 5 in which a police van rammed into their motorcycle. Photo Courtesy : DINAMALAR.
Prabhu and Balamurugan on Wallajah Road after the accident on May 5 in which a police van rammed into their motorcycle. Photo Courtesy : DINAMALAR.

Man was blamed for incident involving police van; onlookers say he is innocent

Two men on a motorcycle, who were knocked down by a speeding police van on Wallajah Road on Wednesday afternoon, are battling for their lives in hospitals. While the police have blamed the rider for the incident, eye-witnesses said that the speeding police driver was responsible. Their families are struggling to meet medical expenses and claim that city police have turned a blind eye to the tragedy.

Anna Square traffic investigation has filed a case against the motorcyclist for rash driving and endangering lives, stating he rode on the wrong side of the road.

The accident took place around 1.15 p.m. on Wednesday when A. Prabhu (29), a technical engineer of Aircel at Spencer Plaza, was taking a U-turn on Wallajah Road near the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium. His friend and roommate D. Balamurugan (31) was riding pillion. “A speeding police van, carrying women constables, rammed the motorcycle and dragged it a few metres. The two men were thrown off the bike and badly injured,” said an eye-witness, who preferred not to divulge his identity.

The van was transporting personnel who were part of security arrangements for Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s visit to the Big Mosque in Triplicane on Wednesday afternoon, police sources said.

Shopkeepers on the stretch, who spoke to The Hindu, asserted that the motorcyclist was not at fault and was taking a U-turn at a permitted spot. They said that the accident was caused by the police driver, who was speeding. “The driver came the next day with a policeman from the Anna Square traffic station and threatened us with dire consequences if we revealed the truth. But, we stuck to our version that the biker was innocent, even to a senior lady officer who came for probe,” said a shop-keeper.

Meanwhile, Prabhu’s parents Arumugam and Ezhilarasi agonisingly wait in Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, where their son, who suffered severe head injuries, is undergoing a series of surgeries to save his right leg, which was badly damaged in the accident. “It is with great difficulty that we managed to obtain the Rs. 7 lakh for treatment. His colleagues and friends are collecting money to meet medical expenses. We got no support from police and instead, Prabhu was blamed for the accident,” lamented a relative outside the hospital.

Pillion rider Balamurugan was admitted to Sri Ramachandra Hospital with a punctured lung caused by rib fracture.

He too requires surgery on his leg and his family has pawned gold jewellery to meet the expenses.

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Thank you Hindu for this news that would help bring truth of the
incident to light.....
Hope the chief minister directly intervenes and provide help and justice
to these young men....

from:  vijayan
Posted on: Jun 10, 2013 at 09:12 IST

Its Ridiculous and i afraid whether we are living in a country where
police take their charge and rewrite the LAW which is favorable for
them . If Police decides the facet and then there is no point having
BIG BIG building which we still believe for JUDGEMENT.

I dont know which made him so strong to witness people and threat them
is that " He is a Police " or " CHEIF MINISTER'S SECURITY CREW " , i
think both not fame it is shame , not only to the Police .....

More over i personally feeling is that we should be having atleast 2
laks of money in the account and medical courage of 10 laks .... I
dono how people would live in this situation , in Govnt Hospital no
facility to support , and all grabs money for each and every thing ...

from:  premkumar
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 21:03 IST

It is time for the Chief Minister to intervene and ensure fair apply of the rule of law and punish bad apples in the police force without further delay.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 20:19 IST

This requires more gutsy cverage from THE HINDU similar to how the MERC case was covered. Truth should prevail over all others and culprits brought to the court stands to delver justice

from:  Ramanathan
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 18:58 IST

Police in Tamilnadu are allways wrong in many incidents.They never
accept their faults &their higher officers most of them are in support
of thier people only.No use of going to higher officer to prob the
matter,It is the duty of Govt to fix public watchdog people in every
police limit & monitor the police people duty performences.

from:  Dr.Mohamed
Posted on: Jun 9, 2013 at 12:52 IST
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