Road accident during CPI march claims one life

Staff Reporter

Lorry rams bike; three injured

Major accident averted

CPI suspends yatra on Saturday

KOZHIKODE: An All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) activist was killed and three others were injured when a lorry went out of control and hit a motor bike that formed part of the procession to receive Janakeeya Yatra organised by the CPI State committee at the Adivaram town in Thamarassery in the district this morning.

The activist was riding pillion. The Karnataka registration lorry suspected to carry cases of Indian Made Foreign Liquor was coming down a steep road and hit the bike and two other vehicles before coming to a halt.

The activist, George (45) of Thachathu house in Kunhikulam in Ingapuzha who was the president of the Malabar Crump Rubber Factory Employees Association, died on the way to the hospital. Of the three injured, two were pedestrians. Muhammed Kutty (65) of Kottakuyil house and Puspalatha (25) of Pottakkayil house, both in Adivaram, and Basheer Ahammed (48) of Beypore were the injured persons.

The Thamarassery police said the lorry driver was admitted to the hospital. A major accident was averted as people and the leaders who were to join the procession were waiting on one side to give way for the bikes which formed the front part of the procession. Had the leaders and the people joined the procession, the lorry could have rammed into a large crowd adding to the casualties, eyewitnesses said.

Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran, who was in the city, visited the injured at the hospital. He also paid his last respects to the departed activist.

The CPI suspended its ‘yatra’ for the day. The ‘yatra’ to be held at Thamarassery, Ayyancherry, Vadakara, Koyilandi, Kallachi and nearby places on Saturday and the places including Thalakulathur, Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode city and Feroke which were scheduled to be covered on Sunday, will be covered on Sunday itself, the CPI said in a statement.

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