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S. Sethuraman .
S. Sethuraman .

Sandhya Soman

50-year-old was reportedly taken to hospital for treatment

Sethuraman had gone to distribute medicines to medical shops Royapettah Government Hospital and General Hospital have no information

CHENNAI: S, Sethuraman (50), who was involved in an accident on Thursday morning is missing for the last three days.

He met with an accident after leaving Mandaveli in a cycle to distribute medicines to medical shops in the city. His employers and friends are in the dark of his whereabouts. According to his employer and neighbour B. Sivasankaran, he and his family came to know about the accident involving him and a motorcyclist near the Nandanam Arts College on Thursday evening.

"The police constable told me that the accident happened around 11.45 a.m. and both partiesinjured in the accident were sent to the Royapettah hospital," said Mr. Sivasankaran.

However, their enquiries with both the Government Royapettah Hospital and General Hospital yielded no information about Sethuraman. A late night visit to the Guindy Traffic Investigation office also proved futile.

According to Mr. Sivasankaran, the police could have informed them if they had bothered to check the box that contained the address of his medical shop. "His wife is a domestic help. Sethuraman is hard of hearing but could cycle. We gave him the job so that he would get a steady income. ," said Mr. Sivasankaran. He later filed a `man missing' complaint at the Abhiramapuram police station.

The traffic police came up with conflicting versions. They first called up the family and informed them that the person was taken to GRH and had returned home after receiving first aid. Later, the police went to GH with the motorcycle rider Pinto and Mr. Sivasankaran to locate the person.

"Normally the doctor on duty will intimate the station concerned in cases where the injured party is taken to hospital before the police reach the accident spot. We informed the control room and are trying to locate the person," said an officer with the team. According to Joint Commissioner (Traffic) Sunil Kumar, the injured persons were sent to GRH by the traffic constable on duty.

"They were treated as outpatients. Sethuraman said he was going home. ," he said.

However, according to the doctor on duty, he never saw Sethuraman but treated only the motorcycle rider.

"We have to trace the autorickshaw driver as well as the hospital staff who, according to what Pinto says, attended to Sethuraman who was not fully conscious," said Mr. Sivasankaran .

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