Telangana Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy's convoy kills Medak man

A 55-year-old man died after he was hit by a car that was part of Telangana Assembly speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy's police convoy near Kallakal under Manoharabad police station in Medak district on Monday.

By Sumit Jha  Published on  11 Oct 2021 1:39 PM GMT
Telangana Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddys convoy kills Medak man

Medak: A 55-year-old man died after he was hit by a car that was part of Telangana Assembly speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy's police convoy near Kallakal under Manoharabad police station in Medak district on Monday.

The victim was identified as Donthireddy Narasimha Reddy, who was working at Unit 1 of Global Aluminium Company. He is a resident of Ibrahimpur village in Chegunta Mandal of Medak district. He and his family were residents of Kallakal for 30 years and he is survived by his wife and children.

Speaking to NewsMeter, the superintendent of police, Chandana Deepthi confirmed that Narasimha Reddy died on the spot. "He was crossing the road when the speeding vehicle hit him which resulted in his death on the spot," reads the police complaint.

"A case has been registered against Tatipamula Venkata Swamy, the driver of the vehicle under section 304(A) (causing death by negligence) of IPC," the SP said. The speaker was on his way to attend an official programme in Banswada in Kamareddy district.

A statement from the speaker's office said that Mr Srinivas Reddy, who was in another vehicle, got down and ensured that Narasimha Reddy was taken to a nearby hospital immediately. However, the man had already passed away by then. Reddy expressed grief over the incident. He asked the officials to take measures to extend assistance to the family of the deceased.

According to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data in 2019, around 358 pedestrians lost their lives in Telangana in road accidents. The data for 2020 has not been published yet.

As per a report by The Footpath Initiative, 602 pedestrians lost their lives on Hyderabad roads alone, between 2017 and 2019. More than half of them (52.4%) were hit by vehicles while crossing the road. A few others were victims of road crashes as they went about their morning walk, or while waiting for a bus or other modes of transport by the side of the road. And at least 14 children, all under 10 years of age, got hit by vehicles while playing by the roadside during this period.

At least one pedestrian life in Hyderabad was lost every other day in 2019. This situation of pedestrians in Hyderabad and other cities of Telangana is no different from the national conditions.

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