In a shocking incident, a pregnant woman riding pillion died after a police inspector allegedly kicked a two-wheeler while chasing the couple for a traffic violation. The incident took place in Tiruchy, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Soon, the protests erupted in the city after it came to limelight.
According to the sources, Usha (30) and her husband Dharmaraj, both natives of Sulamangalam in Thanjavur, were on their way to Tiruchy when they were asked to stop by a police team conducting a routine vehicle check at Thiruverumbur.
But Dharmaraj, who was not wearing a helmet didn’t stop and inspector Kamaraj got irritated and gave them a chase on his bike. He allegedly kicked the bike making it wobble and both the husband and wife fell on the ground. Dharmaraj tried to speed up but reportedly lost balance when the cop kicked.
Usha who was pregnant died on the spot, while Raja has suffered serious injuries from the fall. Within no time, hundreds of people gathered at the spot and the inspector fled the scene.
The tragedy has triggered public anger. Relatives of the couple and locals who gathered at the spot blocked the roads for hours, bringing the traffic to a standstill. However, higher officials said they would go through CCTV camera recordings in the area to ascertain the facts.
Angry protesters then began flinging stones at the police, who retaliated with a lathi charge forcing agitators to disperse temporarily. Superintendent of Police P Cephas Kalyan later said the inspector has been arrested and remanded. Traffic on the Tiruchy-Thanjavur National Highway was affected for more than three hours.
According to news reports, over 3000 people gathered at the spot and agitated over the death. Despite the police informing of the arrest they refused to disperse.