Updated: July 7, 2021 7:25:32 am
A farmer in Karnataka’s Bagalkot district succumbed to injuries after the speeding car of Chidanand Savadi, son of Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, hit his two-wheeler.
According to the police, the accident took place on Monday evening near Kudalasangama Cross at National Highway-50 near Hungund town after which, the victim was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to head injuries at around 9 pm. The deceased has been identified as Kudlappa Boli (58), a native of Chikkahandagal village.
According to the police, the motorbike on which the deceased was travelling, got hit by an MG Gloster car which eyewitnesses say was travelling at a high speed while approaching a curve. “While the car was said to be returning to Athani in Belagavi from Anjanadri Hills via Vijayapura, the deceased was returning home from his farmland,” an officer from Hungund police station said.
Further, Bagalkote Superintendent of Police (SP) Lokesh B Jagalasar told The Indian Express that a case was filed at Hungund police station based on a complaint filed by Hanumanth Boli (31), the son of the deceased. “The case was filed based on a video said to be recorded by eyewitnesses and a written statement submitted by the complainant, which mentions that witnesses at the spot had identified a person named Hanumanth Singh Rajput as the driver of the car,” he said.
The SP added that all statements by eyewitnesses were recorded from the accident spot, while the same from the kin of the deceased and others were taken at the hospital after the victim died.
Meanwhile, a person named Mangalappa, the son-in-law of the victim, has alleged that Chidanand was behind the wheels when the accident happened. “We have got to know that Chidanand was driving the car. Even after the accident, my uncle was left unattended at the spot with injuries on his head and back. They should have made some arrangements to get him treated but they did nothing,” he told reporters on Tuesday. He added that Chidanand had even threatened the eyewitnesses against recording anything on their phones from the spot.
However, Chidanand has denied allegations that he was driving the car. “I admit that the car involved in the accident is mine but it was driven by my driver. I was returning home with my friends and was travelling in a different car which was much ahead of the other,” he said.
“As soon as I was alerted about the accident, I made arrangements to admit the injured to the hospital. The police was also alerted but by the time I reached the hospital the man had already died,” he explained. He added that he tried meeting the kin of the deceased but his efforts went in vain.
When pointed out by reporters that some people at the spot alleged that Chidanand tried to escape from the spot after damaging the number plate of his car, the minister’s son said, “I have neither threatened any person nor made an attempt to escape from the accident spot. I have also decided to help the family of the deceased on humanitarian grounds.”
Meanwhile, when asked for clarity on such allegations, SP Jagalasar said, “We have reached no conclusion yet as an investigation is still underway. We are looking into all possible angles of the case and are encouraging anyone, including the kin of the deceased or any witnesses to approach us in case they want to counter the statements recorded earlier.”
At the same time, an officer at the jurisdictional police station confirmed that the driver, who has been identified as the accused in the case, was detained and later released on station bail.
Meanwhile, Savadi, who is also in charge of the Transport Department, has denied allegations raised against his son. “My son had stopped driving 10 years back, and Hanumanth (driver) was driving the vehicle when the unfortunate incident took place,” he said.
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