Staff Reporter

Traffic on NH 9 paralysed for over seven hours

VIJAYAWADA: Vehicular traffic came to a standstill for over seven hours between Kanuru and Gosala on National Highway Number 9 on the city outskirts on Sunday after a 50-year-old man hit by a speeding car at Poranki. Residents of Poranki staged a dharna on the road demanding immediate arrest of the accused, whom they alleged was a close relative of a leader of the Telugu Desam Party, and justice to the victim’s family.

Tannuru Pandu Ranga Rao, a smalltime businessman from Kankipadu, was on his way to the city on his motorcycle in the afternoon. At 12.55 p.m. a cement-coloured Honda car coming from the city in the opposite direction hit the motorcycle, killing Rao on the spot. The driver turned the car around and sped back into the city. A few residents of the surrounding areas, who witnessed the accident, blocked the road. They alleged that a constable, who was on the spot, helped the car driver to escape from the spot.

Even as the Penamaluru police reached the spot and tried to pacify the crowd, people continued to came on to the road and blocked the traffic. It took two hours for the traffic police to launch traffic diversion, as it became a challenging task for them to found an alternative route.

Though the police assured the irate public that they would settle the issue in the police station by summoning the accused, people demanded that the issue should be settled on the spot. Though the police managed to seize the car, they could not take the accused into custody. However, MLAs Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) and K. Parthasarathi pacified the public around 8 p.m. and put an end to the agitation.