AHMEDABAD: Seventeen years after an engineer lost his life in a road accident, a local court has ordered Rs 4.5 crore as compensation with 9% interest for his family members. According to the case details, a car rammed into a stationary truck between Viramgam and Sanand on June 24, 2005. As the truck had broken down, the driver had left it in the middle of the road. The driver of the car, which was approaching from Viramgam, could not spot the parked truck owing to the glare from the headlights of the oncoming vehicles. Two people lost their lives in the accident — 32-year-old engineer, Dhaval Broker, and 56-year-old clerk, Mahendra Shah. Their families sued the driver, the owner of the truck and its insurer National Insurance Co Ltd with the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal at the city civil court. Broker’s family sought Rs 8 crore compensation and Shah’s family demanded Rs 10 lakh. They claimed that the accident had not taken place due to rash and negligent driving of the car, but solely due to negligent parking of the truck on the highway without any sign or signals. The tribunal held the truck driver solely responsible for the negligence that caused the accident and the deaths. When it came to deciding the amount of compensation, the judge took into consideration that Broker was an engineer with a degree from Pune University and an MS degree from Massachusetts University in the US. He was employed with Tyco International Company, earning an annual package of over Rs 34 lakh (or a monthly salary of Rs 2.85 lakh). The tribunal computed the financial loss of the family to the tune of Rs 4.50 crore. The tribunal ordered that 50% of the amount be paid to Broker’s wife, 20% to his two children, and 30% to his parents. For Shah’s death, the tribunal has fixed Rs 3.93 lakh as compensation.
The Ahmedabad Police’s Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Monday arrested a woman and her friend in Ahmedabad, for allegedly killing her husband by staging a road accident through contract killing in June.According to police, the victim Shailesh Prajapati (43), a resident of Galaxy Coral society in Vastral, was mowed to death on the morning of June 24 around 6 am when a speeding white pick up truck hit him from behind near RAF camp on Vastral road while he was out for his morning walk.Two weeks after the accidental death, a DCB team arrested Sharda Prajapati alias Swati (40), wife of the deceased Prajapati and Swati’s friend Nitin Prajapati (46), also a resident of Vastral, for the murder of Shailesh.According to police, Sharda and Nitin had paid Rs 10 lakh to a person named Yasin alias Kanio, a resident of Gomtipur, to murder Shailesh by staging a road accident.“After the victim was mowed to death, an FIR was lodged against unknown person for causing death due to negligence (IPC 304A) at I Traffic police station. However, a few videos emerged on social media which showed the pickup truck suspiciously speeding towards the roadside to hit the victim after which the probe was given to DCB. Investigation revealed that Sharda and Nitin were in a relationship for the past two and a half years and they considered Shailesh as an obstacle,” said a senior official of Ahmedabad DCB.“Sharda paid Rs 10 lakh to a man named Yasin and gave him photos of her husband. She also told Yasin about the morning walk scheduled of Shailesh and as per plan, on June 24 morning, Yasin allegedly drove a pick up truck over Shailesh and fled away. We are looking for Yasin and two more accused may also be involved with him. As of now, Sharda and Nitin have been booked for murder and arrested,” the official added.
The Gujarat High Court Thursday directed the state “to take immediate steps” to ensure compliance of its detailed order of December 2020 which had issued a number of directions to ensure fire safety in “hospitals, especially for the ICUs”.The court, which was hearing a public interest litigation on fire safety, issued the directive following a fire incident at a commercial building in Ahmedabad on June 25, where 75 persons were rescued, including 13 newborn babies housed at a neonatal hospital in the building.In the order dated December 15, 2020 in the same PIL, a division bench of the Gujarat HC had issued directions such as servicing of heavy load equipment such as ventilators, air conditioners once a month.With respect to fire safety in ICUs, the bench at the time had directed that the “ICU should preferably be located only on the ground floor and have alternate exits wide enough to roll the beds out in the event of necessity” and “glass facades to be removed forthwith and staircases shall be fully ventilated above the parapet wall” and that glass facades of the hospital buildings “should not be permitted in any event”.The bench had also held that certain officers should be fixed with accountability and responsibility.The bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice AJ Shastri on Thursday directed the state “to take immediate steps to ensure compliance of the order dated 15.12.2020 and the AMC (Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation) is also directed to state in its report as to whom the responsibility is fixed or accountability is attributed for the fire accident in question.”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe bench observed, “It is not only the steps that would be taken after such accidents occur but also preventive steps which should be of utmost importance. These accidents are occuring due to either there being no proper compliance to the statutory requirements as required under the Gujarat Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2013, or the unwillingness of the authorities to implement the Act in its true spirit…”“Hence we direct the state to take immediate steps to still such buildings which are either not complying with statutory requirements of the Fire Act or which do not possess the BU permission or there has been complete violation of building plan or buildings having been constructed in utter violation of approved plans,” the court noted.The HC also called upon the state and AMC to furnish a report with respect to the fire accident at the commercial building, by the next date of hearing, now scheduled for July 22.
Ahmedabad: Initially it appeared misfortune had rammed this Gujarat family, causing five of its members to meet with accidents on the same day, but investigations revealed that the crashes were orchestrated to make a fortune from insurance claims.A 40-year-old man from Rajkot and four of his kin had reported that they were victims of accidents at separate places. They were driving separate cars too, but all the calamities occurred on the same day — December 31 last year.The family had in March this year filed insurance claims with different companies. Two insurers sensed a theatrical spectacle in the tragedies and submitted applications to police in Rajkot, Amreli, and Ahmedabad to probe a potential attempt to defraud them.Sources in Gujarat Police and the insurance companies said that Tarun Kantaria, his brother-in-law G D Rathod, Tarun's brother Kaushal, his cousin Gagan Kantaria and his wife Bhoomi had bought different vehicles in November 2021.The family had taken insurance policies that covered high-end cars, premium sedans, and SUVs. Together, they had paid an annual premium of about Rs 68,000. After the ‘accidents', their total payout claim was Rs 80 lakh.In January this year, they again bought five vehicles, insured them, and sought about Rs 40 lakh for damages caused in accidents. This time, the private insurance company concerned refused to pay the amount as the family did not produce the original purchase documents. But the family filed a police complaint and got the amount sanctioned.An insurance firm assessor told TOI: "After that development, we submitted pleas to police to probe the case." He added: "We found that in all the so-called accidents, the damage had been done by an earthmover."Sources in Rajkot and Amreli police said that this seems to be an emerging modus operandi to claim insurance payouts using second-hand cars."We have recently come across several cases in which a person buys a second-hand car, takes the highest possible insurance on it, then damages it in a fake accident to claim the full payout," said a police officer. "Such people take help from professional drivers, insurance firm employees, and operators of earthmovers to make the accidents look real."The Kantarias too had hired such a team on the same day. The catastrophe was too good to be true in this case.In an unrelated case, a complaint was recently filed with Ahmedabad Police after a man threatened an assessor for denying a claim on an accident.A source in the Ahmedabad Police said: "These cases are reported often in Saurashtra and Surat." Now, police may take the help of insurance companies to probe dodgy cases.
R S Sodhi, managing director of India’s leading dairy cooperative Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF), which markets its products under Amul brand, sustained minor injuries in a road accident near Anand town in Gujarat on Wednesday night and was admitted to a hospital, police said.The car in which he was travelling turned turtle after hitting a divider on Anand-Bakrol road at around 9 pm, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) B D Jadeja.“Due to some unknown reasons, the car driver lost control over the vehicle, which led to the accident. The driver as well as Sodhi were immediately taken to a nearby hospital by the locals. Both are out of danger as they sustained minor injuries,” he said.The GCMMF, having its headquarter in Anand town, sells its products under the brand name Amul.Sodhi has been serving as its MD since 2010.
Amul MD RS Sodhi has been admitted to a hospital after his car met with an accidentAnand, Gujarat: RS Sodhi, Managing Director of India's leading dairy cooperative GCMMF, which markets its products under Amul brand, sustained minor injuries in a road accident near Anand town in Gujarat on Wednesday night and was admitted to a hospital, the police said.The car in which he was travelling overturned after hitting a divider on Anand-Bakrol road at around 9 pm, said Deputy Superintendent of Police BD Jadeja."Due to some unknown reasons, the car driver lost control over the vehicle, which led to the accident. The driver as well as Sodhi were immediately taken to a nearby hospital by the locals. Both are out of danger as they sustained minor injuries," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF), having its headquarter in Anand town, sells its products under the brand name Amul. Mr Sodhi has been serving as its Managing Director since 2010. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
In two separate accidents in Gujarat, two minors and two youths drowned in Surat and Valsad districts, respectively.As per reports, Mahenur Malek (8) and her cousin, Rehan Pathan (10), both residents of Limodara village in Mangrol taluka of Surat district, lost their lives Sunday after drowning in a pond. The two kids had reportedly gone to relieve themselves near a pond. The family members later retrieved Rehan and Mahenur’s body from the pond.Kosamba police have registered a case of accidental death and launched a probe in the matter. They have sent the bodies of the two children to the primary healthcare centre in Mangrol.Ilyas Pathan, the father of Rehan Pathan, told indianexpress.com, “Mahenur is the daughter of my sister, who resides in Moti Naroli village in Mangrol taluka. Mahenur and her elder brother, Farhan, had come to stay in my house for a couple of days. On Sunday evening, Mahenur, Farhan and Rehan went to answer nature’s call in our backyard near the pond. Mahenur and Rehan slipped into the pond. Farhan rushed back and informed us about the accident, but by then both the kids had drowned.”In another accident, Ajit Chauhan (19) and Babu Valmiki (21), both residents of Dungra village in Valsad taluka, drowned while swimming in Damanganga river near their village Sunday evening. Hitesh, who accompanied the two, rushed back to the village for help, sources said.Dungra police and Valsad fire department officials reached the spot after receiving information of the accident. Life Saver Group volunteers from neighbouring Chanderpur village also reached the spot. The body of Ajit was retrieved late Sunday evening. But till last reports came in, Babu’s body could not be located.Dungra police have registered a case of accidental death and handed over Ajit’s body to his family members Monday afternoon.
Nashik: Three men were killed and as many were injured in an accident that occurred in Surgana taluka of Nashik district on Thursday. The accident took place at 5.30 pm at Hiradpada near Surgana town, inspector of Surgana police station Sandeep Koli said, adding the process of identifying the deceased was going on. The accident occurred when a Gujarat-bound private travels bus hit a pickup vehicle at a turning point. The rear part of the pick-up vehicle was damaged. Farmers were seated in the pick-up vehicle. Three farmers died at the spot, while three others were injured. The injured farmers were taken to a hospital in Vani. TNN
Liquor was spilt on the road as a car ferrying Indian-made foreign liquor collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction near Atkot village in Gujarat’s Rajkot district late on Wednesday, injuring the car driver fatally.Police said the accident took place near Kharachiya village on State Highway No.1 in Jasdan taluka around 9pm. The car, which was going towards Gondal town from Atkot, turned turtle under the impact of the clash and crushed some of the liquor bottles.The car driver, identified as Haresh Vasani, a resident of Amrapur village in Rajkot district, was injured gravely. “The car driver was rushed to the sub-district hospital in Jasdan town in a serious condition. He succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment in the Jasdan hospital,” sub-inspector PK Mehta of the Atkot police station told The Indian Express on Thursday.The police later on recovered 60 bottles of two different brands of liquor from the car. The liquor consignment seized by the police from the sedan car is worth Rs 22,000 police said. “The truck was loaded with steel plates. While the truck suffered damage due to the collision, its driver escaped unhurt,” Mehta said, adding, “The stretch of the highway where the accident took place is straight. However, somehow, the car driver lost control of his vehicle, swayed to the wrong side of the highway and rammed into the truck coming from the opposite direction.”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxInvestigation by the police revealed that the car bearing the registration number of Surendranagar district belonged to one Hasmukh alias Haso Sakoriya, a native of Hadmatiya village of Vinchhiya taluka. The police said Sakoriya was a bootlegger previously booked under the Prohibition Act and was living in Vinchhiya village.The Atkot police booked Vasani and Sakoriya under the Prohibition Act. Based on a complaint filed by truck driver Paresh Jethva, they registered a separate case against Vasani under Indian Penal Code Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving), 337 (doing an act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt to any person by doing an act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others).The police said they were looking for Sakoriya and that Vasani’s body was handed over to his family.
Jaisalmer: A car on its way to Gujarat collided with a divider on the national highway and met with an accident under Gudamalani police station in Barmer district on Tuesday late night. Two persons in the car died while being taken to a hospital in Sanchore while the third one was given first aid and then referred to Gujarat for further treatment.According to the Gudamalani police, the deceased identified as Bhanwar Lal, a resident of Kandhi Ki Dhani and Om Prakash, a resident of Sadaram Ki Beri were on their way to Deesa in Gujarat to drop their friend, Naresh Kheechad. In Ramji ki Gole area the car hit a divider near Beri village.The bodies were kept at Gudamalani mortuary for the post-mortem which were handed over to the family members on Wednesday.Police said that in the last 24 hours, 10 people have died in two accidents and two persons were seriously injured at Ramji ki Gole area. One of the accidents took place at midnight on Monday in which 8 people died and a seriously injured person is undergoing treatment. Another accident took place on Tuesday in which two died and one was injured.
Gujarat Police have so far arrested 19 for rioting. (File)Vadodara: A minor road accident led to a communal clash in Gujarat's Vadodara city, with rioters throwing stones, vandalising a shrine and damaging some vehicles, police said on Monday adding that three persons were injured.Police have so far arrested 19 for rioting after the incident that occurred late Sunday night and three others in connection with the road accident involving two-wheelers, officials said.Three persons were injured in the clash, Additional Commissioner of Police Chirag Koradia told reporters.A Karelibaug police station official said that the clash broke out following a road accident involving two-wheelers belonging to people from two communities in the city's Raopura locality.The matter escalated and in no time people from two communities gathered and hurled stones at each other in the Karelibaug locality, neighbouring the Raopura area.A mob vandalised the idol at a shrine located on the roadside, two autorickshaws and as many two-wheelers, the police official said.Two separate FIRs were registered at Raopura and Karelibaug police stations for the accident and rioting, respectively, and a total of 22 persons arrested so far, Koradia said.Various sections of the Indian Penal Code for rioting, unlawful assembly, holding deadly weapons, defiling the place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class have been invoked in the Karelibaug FIR against a group of named and unidentified accused."All the 19 persons named in the Karelibaug FIR for rioting were arrested during the combing operation carried out last night. Efforts are on to nab the unidentified accused," Mr Koradia said.Also, out of 8-10 accused against whom an FIR was lodged at the Raopura police station related to the road accident, three were caught, he said.Security has been tightened in the area and the situation is under control now, he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Two companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP) personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas and patrolling increased under all police stations. The situation is under control," he said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
The shepherd, Rakesh Baria, was honoured by the Ratlam division railway officials with Rs 5,000Indore: A 30-year-old shepherd averted an accident in Dahod district of Gujarat located on the Delhi-Mumbai route as he ran for about a kilometre before flagging down a train after he spotted a railway track broken at a place, officials said on Wednesday.Dahod falls under the Ratlam division of the Western Railway.The shepherd, Rakesh Baria, was honoured by the Ratlam division railway officials with a cash reward of Rs 5,000 and a citation on Wednesday, two days after the incident, they said.The incident occurred on February 21, in which Baria flagged down a goods train by waving a red cloth after seeing the broken track in Dahod, due to which an accident was averted, the officials said.After knowing about Baria's act, Ratlam's Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Vinit Gupta invited him to his office and honoured him with Rs 5,000 and a citation, praising his presence of mind and promptness, which helped avert an accident.After being honoured, Baria said that when he was grazing his goats, he saw a railway track broken at one place, after which he ran for a kilometre to raise an alarm, but did not see any railway employee there."Then I called my father and informed him about the broken railway track. He tried to contact some railway personnel over the phone, but failed to do so," he said.Afterwards, as per the advice of his father, he went to his home located nearby and returned to the track with a piece of red cloth, he said.Mr Baria said that later, he sat about two kilometres from the place of the broken track and started waving the red cloth on seeing a goods train. On seeing him, the loco pilot stopped the train by applying emergency brakes.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAfter that, the work of repairing the rail track was launched, he said.The railway officials said that the broken track has been repaired. A total of around 125 trains - passenger as well as goods trains - pass on this busy route on a daily basis, they said.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condoled the loss of lives in the accident (Representational)Jaipur: Five people, including four Gujarat Police personnel, were killed after their vehicle collided with a tree on Tuesday, police said.The accident took place in Bhabru area here near Nijhar Mor on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway, they said.The policemen were escorting an accused from Delhi to Gujarat when their vehicle met with the accident, killing all of them, the police said.The accused was Saeen alias Munna, a resident of Seelampur in Delhi. The victim policemen were identified as Head Constable Mansukh Bhai and constables Irfan Pathan, Bheeka Mukhera and Shakri Singh Gohel.Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condoled the loss of lives in the accident.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Sad to know about the death of five people, including four policemen, after a Gujarat Police vehicle taking an accused from Delhi to Gujarat met with an accident in Bhabru area of Jaipur," he said in a tweet in Hindi.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
No deaths have been reported in kite-flying accidents so far, an official said. (Representational)Ahmedabad: At least 451 people sustained injuries in kite-flying accidents during the Makar Sankranti in Gujarat on Friday, an official said.Till late evening, the "108" emergency ambulance service shifted 224 people, mostly commuters on roads, to nearby hospitals after they sustained cuts on their throats and faces due to kite strings hanging in public places, it was stated.No deaths have been reported in kite-flying accidents so far during the day, the official said.As per a release issued by the ambulance services, of 224 people injured by kite strings, 62 cases were reported from Ahmedabad district alone, followed by 26 in Vadodara, 25 in Rajkot, 24 in Surat, nine in Bhavnagar and eight in Gandhinagar.In all, the "108" ambulance service received 2,639 emergency calls till late evening, which was higher than the last year's count of 2,275 calls, it was stated.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comApart from the injuries caused due to kite strings, 227 persons across the state were injured after falling from terraces or from a height, mostly while flying or catching kites, the statement said.The "1962 Karuna Helpline" ambulances attended nearly 500 injured birds, mostly pigeons, across the state during the day, it was stated.
Two men and a woman, in the age group of 18-19 years, died in the accident. (Representational)Surendranagar: Three persons were killed and two others injured after an unidentified vehicle hit their auto-rickshaw in Gujarat's Surendranagar district, police said on Wednesday.The accident took place late Tuesday night near Chuli village on a national highway connecting Dhrangadhra to Halvad in the district when the victims were returning home after work in a factory, they said.The auto-rickshaw was going towards Kutch district when it was hit by the speeding vehicle, an official from Dhrangadhra taluka police station said.Two men and a woman, in the age group of 18-19 years, died in the accident, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBesides, two other women were injured and undergoing treatment at a medical facility, he said, adding that all the victims hailed from Jiva village in the district.Efforts were on to trace the vehicle which hit the auto-rickshaw, he said.
Three women were killed in a road accident in Kutch on late Wednesday night after a speeding truck hit a Scorpio SUV in which the victims were travelling. According to police, the accident occurred around 10 pm at a road stretch near Mankuva village in Bhuj town.A total of five persons– four women and a driver — were in the Scorpio when the accident occurred. The deceased have been identified as Savita Hirani (45), Shilu Varsani (25) and Premila Varsani (45), all residents of Bharasar village in Kutch. The victims had gone to Swaminarayan temple in Sukhpar village for a religious ceremony and were returning home when their vehicle met with an accident.“All five were rushed to the nearest hospital. Doctors declared three brought dead while two others are admitted under critical condition. The vehicles have been seized and an FIR is going to be registered,” said a senior police official in Kutch.
AHMEDABAD: A four-year-old boy from Ontario province in Canada died on Sunday after being run over by a car outside a housing society in the Uvarsad area of Gandhinagar district. The deceased, Vivan Raval, had come to Gandhinagar for his maternal uncleâs wedding on December 13 with his mother Pooja and father Dhvanil Raval, who works for a bank in Canada. The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon when Vivan and Pooja were waiting for a cab as they headed to CG Road in Ahmedabad for shopping. At that time, a resident of the apartment building, Jayram Vamja, a professor at a private college in Uvarsad, drove out of the society gate and hit the boy. According to the FIR filed at Adalaj police station, Dhvanil said that they had come to India from Canada a month ago for Poojaâs brotherâs wedding. âAt around 2.45pm on Sunday, Pooja and Vivan went downstairs to catch a cab to go to CG Road. When they were waiting for the cab, Vamja drove his car at speed and hit Vivan,â he said. Vivan began bleeding from his nose and was rushed to a nearby private hospital in a car. He was admitted to the ICU of the hospital in Sargasan, where he died during treatment at around 4.15pm on Sunday, stated the FIR. Adalaj police later registered a complaint against Vamja under charges of negligent driving causing death. Officers of Adalaj police said there is a sharp curve at the entrance gate which obstructed the driverâs vision and he could not see the little boy moving about there. CCTV footage of the accident shows that the boy was moving when Vamja was driving through the curve on the slope to go outside.
A four-year-old boy was crushed to death by a car exiting a residential society in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Sunday.According to police, the accident occurred outside Swastik 42 society in Sargasan of Gandhinagar around 2:45 pm on Sunday. The victim Vivaan Raval, a citizen of Canada, was crushed to death by an i10 car exiting the society, CCTV footage showed.The deceased was the son of Dhvanil Raval who has been working in Ontario in Canada for the past seven years as the Director IT Engineer at the Royal Bank of Canada. According to the police, Vivaan had arrived in Gandhinagar a month ago with his mother Pooja and were staying at the house of his maternal grandparents at Swastik 42 society in connection with an upcoming wedding ceremony.“My brother-in-law’s wedding ceremony is scheduled on December 13 and my wife and son had come to Gandhinagar one month ago from Canada. I arrived from Canada on Sunday. Today around 2:45 pm, we booked an Uber cab to go to Ahmedabad for shopping and I, my wife and Vivaan went downstairs to catch the cab. As Vivaan was waiting at the exit gate, an i10 car came from the basement parking and took a sharp left turn from the exit gate in a negligent manner and mowed down my son. I took my son to Aashka Hospital in Sargasan where he was declared dead by doctors,” wrote Dhvanil in a police complaint.Jayram Vamji, a resident of B block in Swastik 42 society who drove the i10 car at the time of the accident was booked by the police under IPC sections 304A for causing death by negligence and 279 for rash driving. The case has been registered at the Adalaj police station in Gandhinagar.
Three persons were killed in two separate accidents on Wednesday in Gujarat as unseasonal rains lowered visibility.One person was killed and at least eight others got injured in an accident involving a Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC) bus and a goods carriage on the Limdi-Limkheda highway in Jhalod taluka of Dahod district on Wednesday morning. While the driver of the bus died on the spot, several other injured persons were rushed to Zydus hospital in Dahod town. The driver of the goods carriage has also sustained injuries.Officials of Limdi police station said that the exact number of injured and critical persons was yet to be ascertained. The accident occurred at around 6.30 am on Wednesday, when an RSTC bus from Banswada was heading to Surat in Gujarat. Three other vehicles, including a private bus, also rammed into one another after the collision, owing to poor visibility from unseasonal rains, police said.Following the accident, the police took an hour to clear the highway. The Limdi police station has registered an FIR in the case and initiated a probe.In another accident on the Kheda-Vatrak highway in Kheda district, two persons, including a woman, were killed and two others injured after a private sedan rammed into the divider on a highway road on Wednesday morning.According to Kheda police, the speeding sedan lost control and rammed into a divider. Two injured persons have been rushed to the Kheda civil hospital.The passengers were rescued after breaking open the doors that were jammed in the crash. The two deceased were declared dead by the medical team attending to the victims of the crash.The district has received overnight unseasonal rainfall in most parts of the district, lowering visibility on roads, police said.
Six persons were killed after the car in which they were travelling rammed a public transport bus at Biliyala village on National Highway 27 near Gondal town of Rajkot on Tuesday.Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel expressed grief over loss of life in the accident and announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the victims.Police said eight persons, including two children in the car and six passengers on board the bus, were among those injured. The accident took place at around 4 pm when the driver of the car lost control after a tyre burst.“The car jumped the highway divider before overturning in the opposite lane. It eventually rammed a bus which was coming from the opposite direction. Three women and two men travelling in the car were killed on the spot while two children were injured,” Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) MJ Parmar, the incharge of Gondal Taluka police station, told The Indian Express.The victims were identified as Ashwin Gadhada (38), his wife Sonal Gadhada (38), his mother Sharda Gadhada (56), sister Bhanu Bambhroliya and her husband Praful Bambhroliya. Police said the Gadhiyas were native of Mota Munjiyasar village in Amreli while Bambhroliyas were native of Mota Kotda village in Junagadh district.Parmar said that Ashwin’s son Dharmil (12) and Praful’s daughter Jenny (8), who were also in the car, were injured in the accident.“While Dharmil has sustained serious injuries, the girl has escaped with minor injuries. Both of them have been shifted to a private hospital in Rajkot for further treatment,” said the PSI.Later in the evening, Dharmil also succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment in the Rajkot hospital.The PSI said that prima facie, the Gadhiyas and Bantrodiyas were relatives. “We are trying to ascertain where the two families were going and as to who was at the wheel of the car,” said Parmar.Family members said that the victims were on their way to Munjiyasar to attend a few weddings in the family.“Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has expressed grief over the death of six persons in the tragic accident near Biliyala on Gondal National Highway… and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members. The CM also announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of all those killed in the accident,” an official release from the government said.
AHMEDABAD: From January 1 to October 31, the city traffic police recorded deaths of 299 persons as 945 persons sustained injuries in road traffic accidents (RTA), averaging nearly one death and three injured daily on city roads. As November 21 is marked as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, the statistics by the city police give a snapshot of the casualties due to RTAs. The statistics revealed that out of the fatalities, 67 or 22% were below 25 years of age, the same percentage as the injury victims. While monthly fatalities of 30 are slightly higher than 28 in 2020, itâs still lower than 36 in 2019, reveal the analysis. Sanjay Srivastava, city police commissioner, in an event organized by the Ahmedabad Traffic Consultative Committee (ATCC) on Friday, said that the city police are determined to reduce the fatalities and make the city roads safer through initiative involving citizens. âThe incentive to Good Samaritans announced recently would surely motivate citizens to take the RTA victims to hospitals and save lives. Along with Engineering, Education and Enforcement, the fourth E of emergency is also now part of making the roads safer,â he said. Dr Pravin Kanabar, president of ATCC, said that the motivation of observing the day annually to ensure that the fatalities are reduced gradually through concrete steps where all stakeholders including road users, enforcement agencies, infrastructure providers and planners look at safety aspects. The speakers at the event also included urban planners and road safety analysts. Analysis by an agency revealed that the pedestrians and two-wheeler users accounted for 56% of the total fatalities in the past five years. The experts suggested that removal of blind spots both on the crossroads and on major roads can be an important step along with improving the road signs and markings. The analysis mentioned that about 28% of the accidents had taken place due to improper infrastructure.
VADODARA: The kidneys and liver of a 24-year-old dentist, who suffered an accident last week, will give a new lease of life to many. The woman had met with an accident on November 11 and her condition kept on deteriorating. Rutvi Barot suffered an accident while returning home from gym in Karelibaug area of the city as the scooter she was driving collided with a truck. Rutvi was rushed to the SSG Hospital (SSGH) for treatment and from there she was taken to the Sterling Hospital. She lapsed into a coma and her lungs as well as heart were damaged badly. With no neurological improvement, chances of her survival became very slim. The doctors explained the grim situation to her relatives and also suggested that her organs could be donated. Former corporator and Rutviâs uncle Ketan Brahmbhatt said that Rutvi had discussed organ donation with her father Manoj Rao a few days before she suffered the fatal accident. âThe organs of a cousin of hers were also donated after he died in a railway accident,â said Brahmbhatt. The doctors did not find the lungs and heart fit for transplantation. The other organs are expected to save the lives of three or four persons. A green corridor was created by the police to ensure speedy transportation of the organs.
Umargam Nagar Palika elected BJP member Mukesh Dhodi (45), his wife Kalpana Dhodi (40), and their aide Hiten Halpati (27), died in a car accident in Valsad district on Friday morning. The tempo they were in was hit by a speeding tanker, which later hit a luxury bus on national highway No 48 near Bhilad check post.At least 10 passengers in the bus were injured in the accident, and were admitted to Valsad Civil Hospital.The Bhilad police said Dhodi, who runs an orchestra, was returning to his home in Kanadu village in Umargam Taluka with his orchestra team members in a tempo (DL-09B-9346). The tempo had some mechanical faults as a result of which five members of the troupe had pushed the vehicle to a safer place on the first track. Dhodi and his wife Kalpana were seated in the driver’s cabin.A speeding tanker (MH-04-2254), returning from Mumbai to Vapi, hit the tempo and then the luxury bus (GJ-16AV-838).The tempo driver left the vehicle at the spot and fled. Several passersby gathered at the spot and carried out the rescue operation.The Bhilad police also reached the spot after learning about the incident and helped the injured reach the hospital.Several BJP leaders and workers from Umargam and Valsad also reached the spot after learning about the incident.Dhodi, Kalpana and Halpati died on the spot.Bhilad police inspector B H Rathod said, “We have registered an accidental death complaint, as three people died on the spot and 10 others were injured. The deceased include Umargam taluka panchayat elected BJP member Mukesh Dodhi. We are trying to identify the tempo driver who fled.”
The car and the four bodies were later fished out from the well, said the police. (Representational)Morbi (Gujarat): Two women and two minor boys from a family were killed after their car fell into a roadside well in Gujarat's Morbi district, the police said today.The accident took place late Sunday night near Kankot village of Wankaner taluka, said the police.A preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver of the rented car dozed off. As a result, he lost control over the wheels and the car fell into a roadside open well, Wankaner taluka's police inspector VD Vaghela said.The driver and two other car occupants - Ratilal Prajapati (69), a resident of Ahmedabad, and his son Dinesh (43) - managed to come out of the vehicle in time.However, Prajapati's wife Manjula (60), daughter-in-law Meena (43) and grandsons - Aditya (16) and Om (7) - got stuck in the drowning car and could not be saved, the police official said.Based on a complaint lodged by Prajapati, the Wankaner police registered an FIR against the unidentified driver, who fled from the spot after the accident, on charges of rash driving and causing death by negligence, he said.Efforts were on to nab the car driver, he added.As per the FIR, the Prajapati family had hired the car to visit various pilgrimage sites in Saurashtra region, such as Somnath and Dwarka, and had set off on the journey three days back.On Sunday night, when the family was coming to Wankaner from Rajkot to meet a relative there, the car fell into the well, said the FIR."The car driver allegedly ran away instead of helping Prajapati and his son in saving their family," Vaghela said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe car and the four bodies were later fished out from the well, he said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The 108 emergency services in Gujarat recorded 2,360 road accident cases during the festive days of Diwali, Gujarati New Year and Bhai Dooj from November 4 to 6, said the officials of GVK EMRI, an ambulance service run by the state government on PPP mode.GVK EMRI said that there was an increase in road accident emergencies on Diwali and Gujarati New Year by 83.73% and 176.90%, respectively, in comparison to normal days. The rise in accident emergencies for Bhai Dooj was 58.79%. On an average, 381 accident cases are reported daily by the emergency services. The spike in emergencies was attributed to the increase in movement of people during the festivals.A total of 1,055 accident cases were reported on the Gujarati New Year. Officials claimed that this figure is one of the highest reported on a single day.The analysis of the data further revealed that two-wheeler accidents increased on Diwali, New Year and Bhai Dooj by 95.39%, 202.48% and by 67.73%, respectively. Whereas, the number of four-wheeler accidents increased on Diwali and New Year by 162.96% and 229.63%, respectively. An increase of 192.59% in four-wheeler accidents was reported on November 6.Jashvant Prajapati, the chief operating officer of GVK EMRI, Gujarat, said that the emergency services catered to 7,888 cases across Gujarat during the three festive days, with Diwali and Gujarati New Year reporting an increase of 0.99% and 21.46% in emergency cases, respectively. While Bhai Dhooj recorded a spike of nearly 9.08%.“We also observed a major increase in non-vehicular trauma with a total of 1,299 cases being reported during Diwali and Gujarati New Year. The number of emergency cases on Diwali and New Year increased by 36.61% and 78.31%, respectively. Also, an increase of 25.42% over normal days was observed on November 6,” Prajapati said.The major reason for non-vehicular trauma was physical assault (233 cases) followed by cases of injury owing to a fall.The number of burn cases received during the three days was 54, with Diwali, New Year and Bhai Dooj reporting an increase of 185.71%, 128.57% and 157.14%, respectively, over the average.In comparison to last year’s Diwali and New Year, overall emergencies in 2021 were 1.70% and 17.74% higher on the two corresponding days.Among districts, Aravalli reported a spike of 114% while Mahisagar recorded an increase of 50% in emergency cases on November 5 (Gujarati New Year) against normal days. Also, Navsari recorded an increase of 56% on November 5 followed by 43% on November 6 and 36% on November 4.
As many as 18 persons died and several were injured in different road accidents in Kutch, Bharuch, Aravalli, Kheda and Vadodara on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of Kali Chaudas and Diwali festivals.Three people died and two were injured in an accident in the Rahiyol area of Dhansura of Aravalli on Thursday morning in a collision between a car and a tempo. According to the police, the accident occurred around 10 am when a family of five persons was travelling in a car.Three people died in another road accident on the Ahmedabad-Vadodara expressway on Thursday morning when a Honda city car hit a milk truck from behind.The identities of the six victims in Aravalli and Vadodara expressway accidents are yet to be ascertained, said the police.Seven people died in six different road accidents in Bhuj and Gandhidham cities of Kutch on Tuesday and Wednesday, said the police.In the first accident, a 40-year-old businessman Mohammad Usman Khan, a native of Jaipur in Rajasthan, was killed when he was driving a truck on the Gandhidham-Bhachau highway in Anjar. Around 4:30 am on Wednesday, another speeding truck hit his vehicle in a head-on collision.“The victim owned a transport company and was travelling in a truck from Mundra port in Kutch Bhuj to New Delhi when his vehicle was hit by another truck,” said Muhar Khan, brother-in-law of the victim in his complaint.Taking cognisance, the police lodged a case under IPC 304A for causing death due to negligence not amounting to culpable homicide and sections of rash driving against the unknown truck driver.In another accident, Bhagat Patel (28), a native of Panna in Madhya Pradesh, died when a speeding bike on which he was riding pillion, lost control and slipped on a stretch near Varsana village in Anjar of Gandhidham. According to the police, the victim, who was going towards his factory on Tuesday afternoon, injured his head and died on the spot. A case under IPC 304A was lodged against his friend Narayan Singh who was riding the bike.In another accident, a 36-year-old labourer was mowed to death by a speeding truck in the Samakhiyari area of Gandhidham on Wednesday evening around 4 pm. The victim Arvind Aherbar, a native of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, was working at a factory spot when the truck mowed him down and the driver fled, said the police.In another accident, two men riding a motorcycle lost their lives when they were hit by an auto-rickshaw near the Trambo cross-section in Rapar of Gandhidham. The victims have been identified as Parbat Samaiyya (35) and Ramji Parmar (22), natives of Rapar.Meanwhile, a 21-year-old youth Habib Mandal, a native of West Bengal, lost his life after a motorcycle he was riding on slipped on a stretch at Padana village in Gandhidham city on Wednesday afternoon. Similarly, a 22-year-old youth Jetshi Sodha died in an accident near Nakhatrana of Kutch when his bike was hit by a speeding jeep on Wednesday afternoon.Three people died in Bharuch in three different accidents on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the first, 54-year-old Meera Vasava, a resident of Bharuch, died when a rickshaw she was travelling in overturned after losing balance on a stretch on the Bharuch Ankleshwar service road on Wednesday morning. In another, 32-year-old Sajid Mudhia, a resident of Chanchvel village in Vagra Taluka of Bharuch, died on Wednesday morning when his bike was hit by an unknown vehicle near his village. In the third, Sanjay Vasava (30), a native of Nabipur village in Bharuch, was mowed to death by an unknown vehicle near his village, when he was walking.Two persons died and three others were injured in a road accident on the national highway in the Matar area of Kheda on Tuesday when a speeding unknown car hit an autorickshaw from behind in which victims were travelling. The victims have been identified as Irfan Shaikh (46) and Mumtaz Banu (65), both residents of Ahmedabad.Meanwhile, 10-12 persons were injured in a road accident on Thursday morning in Botad when a private bus travelling from Rajkot to Bhavnagar met with an accident.
AHMEDABAD: Call it the positive side effect of Covid-19 pandemic, but the lockdowns and subsequent restriction on movements drastically reduced the road fatalities in Gujarat. In fact, with drop of 20.7% compared to the cases in 2019 (8,440), it was the decadeâs lowest death number for the state at 6,693. The data was shared in National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) publication âAccidental Deaths and Suicides in India 2020.â While it was the lowest fatalities at least since 2011 for Surat and Vadodara that recorded drop of 36% and 7.5% respectively, Ahmedabad and Rajkot recorded drop of 20% and 22% - their lowest since 2013. However, on the other hand, the state recorded increase in pedestrian deaths â from 728 in 2019 to 824 in 2020, rise of 13%. Moreover, analysis of the vehicles involved reveal that two-wheelers, which were involved in 35% of the fatal accidents in 2019, rose to 41% in 2020. On the other hand, carsâ share remained the same at 14%. According to the report, 75% or three-fourths of the fatal road accidents were attributed to over-speeding. The rural and semi-urban areas accounted for 77% of the fatal accidents, whereas the rest 33% were recorded in the urban areas according to the report. City-based road safety experts said that apart from the higher speed of vehicles, lack of quicker medical attention after the incident could also be the reason for higher fatality in areas outside cities. In terms of accidental deaths, Gujarat recorded 13% drop in numbers, from 23,770 in 2019 to 20,644 in 2020.