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25-year-old pillion rider crushed to death in Mumbai after vehicle hits pothole

Nida Shaikh

Nida Shaikh

A 25-year-old woman doctor was crushed to death under a speeding truck when she fell off a two-wheeler that crashed into a pothole in Bhiwandi on Wednesday.

The incident occurred at 10.30 p.m. on Bhiwandi–Wada road when Nida Shaikh, a resident of Kudus village who was to get married next month, was riding pillion on the vehicle driven by her cousin Shaban (25). The Ganeshpuri police have initiated inquiries into the case.

An officer said, “Shaban was dropping Nida home after making purchases for her wedding. He lost control of his Scooty when it hit a pothole near Dugadh junction and both of them fell off the vehicle. While Shaban sustained injuries to his hands and legs, Nida’s head was crushed under the wheels of a container truck that was travelling at a high speed.”

The officer said the truck sped away and its licence plate number was not visible to Mr. Shaban in the dark. He alerted the police control room and an ambulance was rushed to the spot. Nida was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was declared dead before admission.

Outrage:  Villagers stage a sit-in at Angaon toll naka to protest the death of a doctor on Wednesday.

Outrage: Villagers stage a sit-in at Angaon toll naka to protest the death of a doctor on Wednesday.

 

The officer said, “We have registered an offence against against unknown persons for causing death due to rash and negligent driving under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act . Inquiries are under way with truck drivers who take that route on a regular basis to identify and apprehend the accused. All available CCTV footage from the spot is being examined.”

Hours after the incident, members of Shramjivi Sanghatana, a local tribal welfare organisation, staged a protest at Angaon toll naka demanding action against the Public Works Department and the company responsible for the construction and maintenance of the road. The protesters said they would not allow the toll booth to function and would continue with their agitation till their demands are met.

Security was stepped up at the spot to avoid law and order problems. No arrest has been made so far.


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