Siddipet: Car catches fire, farmer dies

The incident occurred very close to the spot where 14 lives were lost last Saturday.

Hyderabad: A farmer from Hyderabad who was on a pilgrimage was burnt alive when the car he was travelling caught fire at Rimmanaguda in Siddipet district on the Rajiv Rahadari on late on Friday night.

The incident occurred very close to the spot where a major accident had claimed 14 lives last Saturday. The victim was identified as Dugyala Bhuma Rao, 55, a relative of irrigation minister T. Harish Rao.

According to Siddipet police, Bhuma Rao was a Macha Bolarum located on the city outskirts. He used to stay with his wife and grandchildren; his daughter is abroad and his son-in-law is working in Bengaluru.

He was heading to the Komuravelli Mallanna temple in Siddipet district for a night stay. When the vehicle (AP 11P 8686) reached Rimmanaguda village, a fire broke out in the vehicle and engulfed it even before he could stop the car and get out.

Police who visited the spot said they found broken pieces of window panes, which suggested that Bhuma Rao had attempted to escape unsuccessfully. Based on the registration number of the car, Police traced his son-in-law and informed him.

Police found that the vehicle was registered in the name of one Dugyala Roja and it had changed hands three times which made it difficult for them to trace the original owner.

Police handed over Bhuma Rao’s remains of the family after an autopsy. Police suspects that a short circuit in the vehicle triggered the fire.

Traffic came to a halt on the busy highway for about one hour, till the fire was doused.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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