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Families,colleagues blame confusion caused by irrelevant diversion notice

Relatives alleged that the diversion signboards could have caused confusion to the driver,leading to the fatal accident.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
November 7, 2013 3:42:52 am

Relatives and colleagues of the four advertising professionals who drowned after their car fell into Neera river have alleged that the diversion signboards kept on the left side of the bridge could have caused confusion to the driver,leading to the fatal accident.

Aditya Chandorkar,uncle of victim Pranav Lele,said: “There are some diversions signs placed on the left side of the bridge. We think the NHAI should look into this matter. These diversion signs could have caused confusion that led to the accident.”

Ashika Sarkar,one of the founders of Paradigm Plus,the advertising firm where all four worked,agreed: “One may think that they have to take a diversion,but the road continues and at one point there is this gap between the bridges. Pranav was a good driver and I have travelled with him several times. It is very unlikely that he would make any mistake.”

Sahil’s father Asad Qureshi said: “The car may have turned right after seeing the diversion board. It is a negligence of part of NHAI…”

Rajesh Kaundal,project director with the NHAI,told Newsline: “I visited the spot on Thursday morning. Yes,there are some diversion signboards,which have been kept without any reason. I have sent photographs to the contractor asking for an explanation. Due action will be taken based on their reply.”

Delayed action by police alleged

The family members and colleagues of the deceased have alleged that there was delay on part of the police in registering a complaint when they approached the police.”The family members first approached the Kothrud police. They told them that since the advertising professionals had started from Baner,the complaint should be registered at Chatushrungi police station,who in turn were also reluctant to register the missing complaint,” said Ashika Sarkar of Paradigm Plus. She added: “We then decided to get in touch with Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol. After we spoke to him,police swung into action.” Police Inspector S B Navle of Kothrud police station said: ”We will inquire what really had happened in this case. Action will be taken accordingly.”

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