Killer speedbreaker snuffs out auto driver’s life in Bengaluru

Deccan Chronicle.  | Bellie Thomas

Nation, Crime

According to the police, Ramachandra was the sole breadwinner of his family.

The unscientific speed-breaker put up in front of Vidyaniketan Public School in Kamakshipalya

BENGALURU: Unscientific speed-breakers put up in front of a reputed school in Ullal Uppanagar led to the death of an autorickshaw driver, after his vehicle toppled on Tuesday night under Kamakshipalaya traffic police station limits.

The deceased, Ramachandra, 48, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar, sustained severe head injuries when he lost control over his autorickshaw, after it hit a metre-long hump in front of Vidhyaniketan Public School. Interestingly, the two unscientific humps were laid reportedly by the school authorities and not by the corporation, who were not even aware about their existence.

According to the police, Ramachandra was the sole breadwinner of his family. The incident happened around 9.30 pm on Tuesday while he was heading towards RTO in Ullal Upanagara. When he reached in front of Vidyaniketan Public School, he lost control of his vehicle after it hit the hump and toppled.

Passersby rushed Ramachandra to Aryan Hospital in Mariyappanpalaya and informing his son Muniswamy by phone. Around 1 am, Ramachandra succumbed to his injuries and his body was shifted to Victoria Hospital for post-mortem, the police said.

“My father is a person who will not over-speed or drive his auto rashly. Though the two humps are painted with zebra lines, they are so huge that each of them is at least a metre wide and a serious hazard to motorists,” said Muniswamy.

BBMP Executive Engineer, Prahalad told Deccan Chronicle that the major roads section in the corporation have not laid any speed breakers over the last 3 to 4 years. It could be the handiwork of the school management along with the local leaders in the area, he added.

According to a recent circular from the government, humps should not exist on major roads, as it would hinder traffic flow. “We will visit the spot and check if the humps are scientific and if not, they will be removed,” Prahald said.

Kamakshipalaya traffic police have registered a case of unnatural death, as it was a case of accident where only the rider was involved and no one else. No action has been taken yet against those who had reportedly laid the killer speed breakers.