Trichy, Mar 8: A pregnant woman, who was riding pillion with her husband, died after falling from a bike at Thuvakudi near Trichy on Wednesday evening. The incident took place when the couple was chased by the police for not wearing helmets. A traffic policeman, who allegedly kicked the two-wheeler on which the couple was travelling, has been arrested. Also Read - Nokia Suspends Operations at Its Tamil Nadu Plant After 42 Employees Test COVID-19 Positive: Report
The couple, Usha and Raja, 40, of a village near Papanasam in Thanjavur district was proceeding to Tiruchi on a motorcycle. Raja, who was not wearing a helmet, was reportedly asked to stop the two-wheeler at a checkpoint near Thiruverumbur, but he ignored it and moved on. A traffic inspector, Kamaraj, chased the couple on another two-wheeler. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Allows Operations in 17 Industrial Estates From Monday
During the chase, Raja lost balance and the couple fell down. 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. When people started gathering on the spot, Kamaraj fled the scene. Usha was believed to have been pregnant, however, the police did not confirm this. Also Read - Show QR Code to Airlines: Tamil Nadu Comes up With 'Aarogya Setu-Like' Platform For Domestic Flyers From Tomorrow
Rajendran, an employee of BHEL who witnessed the incident, said that he saw Kamraj kicking the bike of the couple which led to the accident, reported a newspaper. However, the traffic inspector denied the allegation. When the issue was brought to the notice of the superintendent of police, PS C Kalyan, he ordered the arrest of the inspector.
Tiruchi Commissioner of Police A Amalraj said that a case was being registered against him. The incident triggered public anger with a huge number of people gathering near Tiruverumbur and disrupting traffic for around two hours in protest.