Thiruvananthapuram, January 30,( BPNS)
With the speeding bike claiming two more lives at the Kovalam bypass route within the capital city limits, the State Human Rights Commission has stepped in. The Commission has asked the concerned to submit a report on the steps taken by them to control speeding by bikes.
It was on Sunday that a 53-year-old lady died on the spot, after a speeding bike hit her when she was crossing the four lane road. The rider, a 24-year-old, who was said to have touched a speed of 100 kmph just before the accident, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital later on the day.
The incident occurred at Thoppady near Vazhamuttom along the bypass at around 7.30 am. The woman, Sandhya, a native of Panathura was crossing the four-lane road when the bike hit and killed her on the spot. Though the rider, Aravind, a resident of Pattom was rushed to a hospital with grave injuries he breathed his last later on the day.
Meanwhile, contradicting statements have come from the locals and the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD)
According to the former, the motorcycle involved in the accident was engaged in drag racing. At the same time, MVD ruled out the same and stated that it was just a speeding bike. They also added that the woman might have crossed the road haphazardly.
The police version is that Aravind was on his way to his home after shooting Instagram reels with his friends.
“In the impact of the hit Sandhya’s left leg got severed. She also had fractures to her head and neck,” said the police.
Reports are also there that the bike involved in the accident is Rs 12 lakh.
At the same time, the State Human Rights Commission has taken a suo motu case in the incident. Commission chairman Justice Antony Dominic has asked the concerned to submit a report on the steps taken by them to control speeding by bikes. State Transport Commissioner as well as Thiruvananthapuram City Police Commissioner had to submit their findings within four weeks. The case will be considered again on February 28.
A year ago, at the same stretch two had died, when the bikes engaged in drag racing collided. The stretch, as per local accounts, is notorious for drag racing and the police and MVD have turned a blind eye to the same.