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Inspector kicks bike, killing pregnant woman
By Nirmala Joseph March 09, 2018
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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu on Women’s Day was in a state of shock over the death or rather murder of a pregnant woman who was riding on a bike with her husband. The woman, identified as Usha, 30, fell off the scooter late on Wednesday night after a police officer kicked the vehicle, just because the husband, Raja, was not wearing a helmet.

The woman from Tiruchi sustained fatal injuries in her head as a result of the fall, doctors said. Traffic police inspector Kamaraj, who had chased and kicked the vehicle on Wednesday night, has been suspended and arrested.

The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Indira Banerjee, is among prominent personalities who condemned the officer’s act. Calling it as unlawful, she said it amounted to a criminal offence.

The tragedy occurred near the Ganesha roundabout opposite BHEL quarters at Thuvakudi on the national highway that runs from Tiruchy to Thanjavur. Raja said he was riding the bike with Usha on the pillion seat, when Kamaraj chased them for not wearing helmet and kicked the vehicle. Raja was also seriously injured.

Kamaraj fled the scene as people started gathering on the spot, journalists in the area said. But according to police sources, Kamaraj denied having kicked the vehicle. Superintendent of police PSC Kalyan ordered the arrest of the inspector. Usha and Raja were taken to the government hospital in Thuvakudi where Usha was declared dead.

The death sparked popular fury, and a gathering at the hospital, numbering some 3,000 people, protested. Traffic was paralysed on the Thanjavur-Tiruchi national highway for a few hours.

Police officials visited the spot and tried to pacify the protesting people. Hours later, police resorted to a lathi charge to clear the crowd. Some 23 protesters were arrested by the police.

The family members and public continued the protest inside the hospital premises as the postmortem was in progress. They said they will take the body home only if a case was filed under section 302, with murder charges.

State Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said: “We have taken action in a lawful way.” DMK working president MK Stalin called the inspector’s behaviour inhuman, and demanded strict action. BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan said she was shocked. “The act is strongly condemnable,” she said.

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