Mumbai, July 24: A woman biker was killed in a road accident on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway after her bike got stuck in a pothole. As she fell from her bike, a truck ran over her on Sunday afternoon. The 34-year-old was a resident of Bandra in Mumbai. She was an experienced rider. The accident has brought forth the apathy of the Brihanmumbai Corporation (BMC) as Mumbai roads have become active accident zones due to water-logging and potholes.
The accident occurred near Veti village, around 100 km from Mumbai when victim Jagruti Hogale and two other bikers were on their way to Jawhar.
Police officers from Kasa police station said: “Due to the pothole, she lost balance and her head came under the rear tyre of the truck she was trying to overtake. She could not spot the pothole as it was filled with water.” They said, “Jagruti crashed into a pothole as it was filled with water and she probably didn’t realise its depth.” Also Read – Mumbai: Tree Falls on Former Doordarshan Anchor; Husband Blames BMC
Jagruti, a member of women’s only Bikerni Motorcycle Club and a freelance advertising professional, was riding a 350cc Royal Enfield Thunderbird. She was travelling along with the two bikers Mrunal Nair and Dnyada Maskar, both residents of Navi Mumbai. They were also members of Bikerni Motorcycle Club, say reports. Also Read – Monsoon Impact on Mumbai: Landslide in Bandra, Tree Falls on DD Anchor, Pot-holes Escalate on Roads; Residents Blame BMC For Rain Havoc
A police officer who was one of the first to reach the spot said, “Eyewitnesses told us her bike was inches away from the truck as she fell. She was wearing a helmet, but got crushed and died on the spot.”
Meanwhile, politics has also begun on the incident. The local Congress unit has demanded the resignation of Maharashtra’s minister. Shiv Sena has responded by saying that they are doing what has to be done.