Udupi, Oct 8, 2017: The Udupi district police are mulling action against the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in connection with the death of a 17-month-old toddler at Parkala.
Superintendent of police Sanjeeva M Patil on Oct 7, Saturday said, "Complaints pour in that the Parkala accident was due to the ignorance of safety measures by the NHAI officials. Some of them have been questioned and action will be taken against the officers or engineers, if they are found guilty. Notices have been issued and the NHAI officials have been summoned twice."
A meeting on National Highway Safety was held at the DC’s office. Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake, who chaired the meeting, asked the officials concerned to clean off the grass from dividers and repair the potholes temporarily till the rainy days are over. He set a deadline of 15 days, to which the officials obliged and assured them of completing the work within the stipulated time.
The accident: Last week, Umesh Poojari, along with Pramoda and Chirag, had been to his in-laws’ house in Karkala to attend a function. The incident occurred when the couple were returning to Udhyavara after the ceremony.
Umesh’s bike skid when he tried to avoid a pothole at Panduranga Towers in Parkala. Pramoda and the toddler were thrown off the bike. All three sustained injuries and were taken to KMC hospital. The couple sustained minor injuries, but the child suffered grievous head injuries and died on the way to hospital.