Saturday, October 10, 2009

PMPML's death squad returns

About fifteen days ago, a 15-year-old boy called Atharva Sathe met with an accident. He was hit by a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) bus. He died yesterday in Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital due to head injuries he had sustained. This made us ask, "Is PMPML back to its reckless ways again?" The answer was provided by activist and PMP Pravasi Manch president, Jugal Rathi. PMPML hasn't yet dealt with their set of reckless drivers yet. To make things worse, 11 of the 31 drivers who were involved in major accidents are back on the road again. This, without any action taken by the body. These drivers have not been cleared of the cases they were involved in, and are back on the road. They have not been suspended either.

Shortly after the death of a six-year-old on J M Road last month, we had carried a report based on a Right to Information Act (RTI) filed by Rathi. The report, published on September 9, showed how the authorities have not been taking any steps to curb the reckless driving of their staff.

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