Chennai, Mar 9: Massive protests erupted in Trichy on Thursday after a pregnant woman, who was riding pillion with her husband, died falling from a bike. The couple met an accident after being chased by a traffic inspector for not wearing helmet. Kamraj, the accused cop, allegedly kicked the bike on which the couple was travelling. “A fatal kick by Kamraj ended our two-year married life,” Raja, husband of the deceased woman, was quoted as saying.

Raja along with his wife Usha was travelling to Tiruchi on a motorcycle. At a checkpoint near Thiruverumbur, traffic inspector Kamraj asked him to stop his bike as he was not wearing helmet. Raja ignored and move on, which miffed the cop. Kamraj then chased the couple on another bike. Raja alleged that Kamraj had kicked their bike thrice. He managed to balance the vehicle twice but lost his balance the third time, he said.

While Usha sustained a head injury, Raja was also seriously injured. They were taken to the government hospital in Thuvakudi where Usha was declared dead. “We were going to have a baby after two years of marriage. The unruly behaviour of a police officer cost my wife’s life. He should be booked for murder,” Raja was quoted as saying. Usha’s death triggered public anger with a huge number of people gathering near Tiruverumbur.

The family of Usha refused to receive the body after post-mortem, demanding that a murder case be filed against Kamaraj. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and for endangering the life or personal safety of others had been registered against the cop. More than 1000 protesters gathered and insisted on registering a case of murder against Kamraj.

At around 5 pm on Thursday, the police assured the protesters that the sections under which the traffic inspector was charged would be altered after which Usha’s body was received by her family members. 18 persons were also booked for damaging vehicles during the protest on Wednesday night.