DSP to probe death of pregnant woman who fell off bike

By PTI Published on Mar 11, 2018 10:54 AM IST

Tiruchirappalli: The Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime branch) will probe the death of a pregnant woman

riding pillion with her husband on 8 March, after a traffic inspector allegedly kicked the bike for not stopping during a helmet check drive near here.

The IG Central Zone, Varadha Raju said the DSP will probe the case and that an order in this regard had been sent

through the district Superintendent of Police. The DSP would file the report before the court, he said.

The IG also said what was more important than filing the case for traffic violations was to advice drivers or

riders on the importance of obeying traffic rules. He said police stations had been advised to hold awareness camps in this regard.

Meanwhile the funeral of the woman, Usha, was held here. Her body was buried at Melaputhur burial ghat where it was taken in a procession, police said.

The four month pregnant Usha was killed and her husband injured on March 8 when the two-wheeler they were riding was allegedly kicked by a traffic inspector for not stopping during a helmet check drive near here.

Locals had staged a protest following the incident and clashed with police, after which inspector Kamaraj was

arrested and suspended.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami had condoled her death and ordered a solatium of Rs seven lakh to her kin besides

assuring appropriate action after a probe.

The National Human Rights Commission also took suo motu cognisance of the incident and sought a report from the Tamilnadu government.

The incident also echoed in the Madras High Court where social activist Traffic Ramaswamy made a mention and wanted the court to take suo motu (on its own) notice of it and proceed further. However, the court efused to initiate suo motu proceedings and asked Ramaswamy to file a petition.