Bengaluru: BBMP engineer, truck driver arrested for pothole death | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A BBMP engineer and a truck driver were on Tuesday arrested for the death of a 21-year-old food-delivery executive, who fell off his gearless scooter while negotiating a pothole on Thanisandra main road and was run over by a goods truck on Saturday.
The arrest of the civic employee comes amid outrage among citizens over the BBMP’s apathy in filling up potholes, which have been causing accidents with grievous and fatal consequences.
The arrested are: S Savita, 34, assistant executive engineer, Mahadevapura zone, BBMP, and truck driver R Ravi, 31, of Bidarahalli, east Bengaluru. They have been booked under the IPC sections for rash and negligent driving and causing death due to negligence.
“It was found that Savita had acted in sheer negligence by not filling up the pothole. The fatal accident was (the) result of the unattended pothole. In accordance with the guidelines of the court, we arrested Savita for causing death due to negligence,” joint commissioner (traffic) BR Ravikante Gowda said in a release.
Youth lost his life due to civic officials’ failure: Kin
A yet-to-be-identified contractor has been named the third accused. Savita and Ravi have been released on station bail.
Azeem Ahmed, a resident of Chikkabanavara, was on his way to deliver food and was riding towards Thanisandra from Hegdenagar when he came across a pothole around 1.30pm on Saturday. He lost balance and fell while negotiating the pothole. A goods truck coming behind hit him. A seriously injured Ahmed was shifted to a private hospital where he succumbed in the evening.
The bereaved family members are in a daze, four days after the youth’s death. “The pothole was responsible for the accident. When I visited the accident spot, locals told me it was the third accident in two days. Azeem lost his life due to the civic officials’ failure,” a relative told TOI.
“His father passed away a few years ago. He and his elder brother began working to run the four-member family,” the relative said. The youngest of the three brothers is a college student.
“I don’t see any big outcome from the engineer’s arrest as the BBMP knows how to fight the case. Such officials should be summarily dismissed. They join BBMP to make money and forget their real service,” the relative said.
Spot couldn’t be considered pothole, says BBMP

The BBMP, however, has said the spot where the accident occurred could not be considered a pothole. Responding to six queries sent in by police, the BBMP said buffer zone works were under way at the accident spot and wet mix had been laid to ensure smooth movement of traffic. The buffer zone is a spatial provision for the utilities to lay wires and cables.
“We suspect that the victim applied brake suddenly, causing the vehicle to skid. The truck driver, who was driving in a rash and negligent manner, rammed him,” the civic body stated.

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