TAMIL NADU

It was a tricycle, not fish-cart: police

Chennai April 15. Police today claimed that the vehicle involved in the accident at Thirumangalam junction on Monday afternoon was not a motorised fish-cart, but a "tricycle".

The police registered a case on the basis of this version, under section 337 of the IPC (causing hurt to any person by a rash or negligent act endangering human life or personal safety of others, an offence which attracts a punishment of six months in prison or with fine of Rs.500 or both).

According to the statement issued by the Joint Commissioner of Police, G.U.G. Sastry, investigation showed the tricycle was carrying long pipes from Thiruvalleeswarar Nagar Road to the Ambattur Estate Road, and when it was turning on AE Road towards 100 feet road, knocked down the two-wheeler rider, Amar Hinduja who was subsequently hospitalised.

Mr. Sastry said whenever a fish-cart was "seen anywhere in Chennai" it was invariably seized and the rider of the cart charged in accordance with the orders of the High Court. So far 86 cases were booked against the fish- cart riders and the carts were seized in the current year.

Legally, a person could not get compensation unless a case is registered, and in all cases of "serious injuries" the police were registering a criminal case "invariably."

Fish-carts still ply

Meanwhile, K.R.Ramaswamy, the petitioner who moved the High Court against the plying of these motorised contraptions on city roads because of the blow that they deal to road safety, today said that he intercepted a fish- cart at Valluvar Street in Jafferkhanpet at around 8 a.m. The vehicle, having the registration number CV 2232, was handed over to the K.K.Nagar Police.

He said there were many complaints of fish-carts plying in the interior roads and fringe areas of the city but there has been no action from the authorities to enforce the ban on these vehicles. This could be viewed as nothing but contempt of court, he added.

A motorised fish-cart loaded with hardware materials packed in polythene bags drove into Alagirisamy Salai in K.K.Nagar at 12-30 p.m. on Tuesday, just as Padma Seshadri School was closing for the day. This reporter witnessed students, including primary school children, avoiding the fish-cart and squeezing themselves between other vehicles, on their way home. The vehicle was plying from Anna Road towards Ramasamy Salai. Alagirisamy Salai is a school zone covered by various road safety programmes, and senior police officials have stated that traffic personnel will be posted at school timings here. However the arrival of the fish-cart added to the chaos created by improperly parked cars, vans and hackney carriages transporting the children.

Also today, two motorised fish-carts were seen on United India Colony Third Main Road, operating for a waste paper shop. Despite a mention in these columns of their presence on Monday, these were found untouched.

On February 27, four school children were injured when the autorickshaw in which they were travelling collided with a `motorised fish cart' transporting hardware materials on Red Hills Road near Villivakkam market.

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