PERNEM: Pernem police have finally apprehended the absconding truck driver who was involved in a fatal accident at Dhargal that killed a senior citizen at Sukekulan,Dhargal. The truck driver has been identified as Basant Yadav, a resident of Jharkhand.
He was apprehended from Bhusawal, Maharashtra while on the run with the help of RPF (Railway Protection Force). Two-wheeler rider Namdev Kambli was crushed under the wheels of the truck in the accident on June 17.
Perturbed at repeated occurrence of accidents at the Mopa Airport link road site, villagers from Dhargal and surrounding areas had launched massive protest at the accident site.
Meanwhile, state Congress has demanded that the contractor should also be booked for negligence. Congress informed that Pernem PI has admitted, that no police verification was done on the accused driver, which they said is a serious lapse.
While the police assured compensation to the family of the deceased and eased tension, it has come to light that no compensation has been paid to the families of 22 people who have lost their lives in the area. On the contrary, no measures have been taken to ensure road safety along these treacherous routes of Patradevi, Torse, Malpe, Poraskade, Naibag, Dhargal, Sukekulan and the Vazari junction.