Tiruchi pregnant woman's death: Inspector held

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 09, 2018 11:05 AM IST

Chennai: A day after the sorrowful death of a pregnant woman in Tiruchi who allegedly fell down from a two-wheeler after a traffic police inspector chased and kicked the vehicle on Wednesday night, the incident attracted widespread condemnation from various quarters, including the Chief Justice of Madras High Court Indira Banerjee.

She yesterday condemned the act of inspector Kamaraj, who was arrested and suspended from service. Calling it as unlawful, she said it amounted to criminal offence.

The 30-year-old victim was travelling with her husband along Tiruchy-Thanjavur National Highway. The deceased was identified as Usha of a village near Papanasam in Thanjavur district.

The incident occurred near the Ganesha roundabout opposite BHEL quarters at Thuvakudi on the national highway. Raja was riding the bike with his wife Usha on the pillion seat, when Kamaraj chased them for not wearing helmet and kicked the vehicle.

While Usha sustained a head injury, Raja was also grievously injured. When people started gathering on the spot, Kamaraj fled the scene. However, police sources claimed that Kamaraj denied having kicked the vehicle.

Disputing this, Rajendran, an employee of BHEL who witnessed the incident, confirmed having seen the inspector kicking the bike. The issue was brought to the notice of the superintendent of police, P S C Kalyan, who ordered the arrest of the inspector.

Usha and Raja were taken to the government hospital in Thuvakudi where Usha was declared dead. Kamaraj, was also admitted to the hospital as he claimed to have been injured.

Following this, over 3,000 people gathered at the spot and protested. Since a huge number of people gathered at the spot and protested against the police, traffic was affected on the Thanjavur-Tiruchi National Highway for a few hours.

Police officials visited the spot and tried to pacify the protesting people. Hours later, the police, due to the unsuccessful peace talks, carried out lathicharge on the crowd and cleared them claiming to put traffic under control.

During the lathicharge the protesters and police had an altercation, in which around 15 police personnel were said to have been injured. As many as 23  protesters were arrested by the police.

Kamaraj was arrested under sections 304(b) and 336 for causing an accident and assault.

However, the advocate of victim's family wants the case filed under the Section 302, murder. The family and public have been protesting outside Thuvakudi GH where the post-mortem of the victim's body was being performed. The agitators say that they will take the body home only if a case was filed under Section 302.

LEADERS CONDEMN

State Minister D Jayakumar: We have taken action in a lawful way.

DMK working president MK Stalin:  It is an inhuman act. Strict action should be taken against the accused inspector. The lathicharge upon peaceful protesters by  the police is also condemnable.

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan: I was shocked to know this. The act is strongly condemnable.

DMDK president Vijayakanth: The police department should ensure the safety of the public, it should not be the one that kills them.

PMK leader Anbumani: Strong action is needed against the police inspector.

Social activist Traffic Ramasamy: We are going to the court and will get the right penalty for the accused.