Jamshedpur : As city observes a special traffic awareness drive �Parivartan�, a 35-year-old home-guard jawan was killed as the cycle he was riding was hit by a speeding mini-bus on Sakchi-Bistupur Road near Garamnala under Sakchi police station area on Friday highlighting the poor traffic scenario in the city.
The victim, Tarini Sen was rushed to Tata Main Hospital emergency where he succumbed to his injuries within an hour. However, the driver of the mini-bus stopped the vehicle and ran away from the scene leaving the vehicle abandoned. The victim was on his way to the home-guard office from Sakchi.
Officer-in-charge, Sakchi police station, Gopal Singh confirmed about the mishap. ” As per our information, the home-guard jawan was fatally injured on being hit by a speeding mini-bus. The jawan was rushed to the Tata Main Hospital where he died. We have already seized the mini-bus, but the driver managed to escape,” he said.
Sen, who is a resident of Potka, was posted at Turamdih, but he was coming to the Home-guard office in Sakchi for some official work when the mini-bus which was coming from Sakchi to Bistupur hit him from behind.
Significantly, the fatal mishap claiming a life of the home-guard jawan took place at a time when the district police is carrying out a special traffic awareness drive — Parivartan.
�Something has to be done to reduce the speed of vehicles near human habitations. There is no use in putting up boards showing speed limits or marking accident prone zones. The road has not improved our lives beyond providing better connectivity,� said Mohammed Nizam of Mango.
“We will see to it that rash-driving is checked with immediate effect, and for this we will look into exactly how many cases related to the road accidents have been registered and if the drivers who are accused of causing the mishap are being convicted,” said a police official.
Another senior police officer also pointed out that he was going to curtail the rash-driving by the two-wheelers, especially the youngsters. He said he would stress whether the investigation into the cases related to the road mishaps were being pursued properly or not.
�Most of the victims are young two-wheeler riders. Thousands of families are living a miserable life after their dear ones were killed or permanently disabled in road accidents. Accidents were treated very lightly in the State. There was an urgent need to adopt good driving habits.
Roads too have to be improved and this had to top the accident-reduction plan,� said Uma Nitiken, a city-based educationist.