Jamshedpur : In a road mishap, a 30-year-old youth from the steel city was killed as the bike he was riding was hit by an unknown vehicle at Saharbera along the NH-33 under Chandil police station area of the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Saturday early morning. The victim identified as Gunjan Kumar was killed just within one minute of his talking with his father PK Lal over the mobile.
A resident of Baradwari locality of the city, Gunjan had come out of his house at about 4 am to Chandil for work. At about 6.00 am, his father wanted to know about his whereabouts by giving a call over his cellphone. Gunjan had received the call and said he was on his way to Chandil and presently he was at Saharbera. Soon a stranger made some queries and finally informed Lal that his son was killed in a road mishap.
As the news spread, Lal rushed to the spot, about a half-an-hour drive from Baradwari to find his son’s body lying in a pool of blood. The victim was without a helmet. Soon afterward By the time a police party from the Chandil thana had also reached the spot and seized the body.
OC, Chandil thana, Uday Prasad Gupta confirmed that an unidentified vehicle had caused the mishap, resulting in the death of the youth. ” We are investigating the incident. Several heavy vehicles pass through the NH-33 every minute, this might be a result of the mishap,” said Gupta.
The OC said the youth might have been knocked down by some heavy vehicle soon after he started his bike following his conversation with his father over the cellphone. He said the victim had not put on his helmet and said had he done so he might have survived the mishap.
Cases of road mishaps at the stretch on National Highway 33 have become a regular affair. During the past four months several mishaps have taken place in which 20 persons have died on the NH-33 a stretch of 20 kilometres. Earlier the traffic was slow as the road of the NH-33 was dotted with potholes, but ever since it was repaired, the vehicle owners tend to drive at high speed.
More in the last one decade the rise of vehicles particularly, four wheelers have registered manifold increase with each family possessing at least two-wheelers on an average. However, the darker side of the picture is that annually above thousand road accidents are taking place in and around the city and four to five accidents (including small and moderate accidents) daily on an average in which more than 100 odd people are losing their lives.
A traffic official though admitted of lack of technology to detect speed demons but tried to put up a brave front. “We admit that we do not have the technology to catch or prosecute speed demons. However, that does not mean that speed restrictions should not be imposed in the city in view of the rise in road mishaps,” he noted.