Ruckus on NH 26 as four killed while returning from CM’s show

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Mar 2017 11:18:36

Our Correspondent,


Mar 6,

ANOTHER demonstration was staged at the National Highway 26 Silari four-lane situated around 5 kilometers from here. Reportedly four villagers from Silari were returning back home after attending Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s programme on the occasion of Sant Ravidas Jayanti when they were killed in a ghastly mishap near Garpehra. The bodies of the deceased were brought to the village after the autopsy was performed. The dharna was headed by MLA Harsh Yadav who demanded adequate compensation for the family members of the deceased as the villagers had gone to attend the speech of CM.

According to information, massive road blockade was staged at NH 26 after bodies of villagers who died in mishap near Chewla under Deori police station were brought in the village after the autopsy was performed. The villagers had gone for the programme spot of the Chief Minister on the occasion of Sant Ravidas Jayanti. The demonstration was headed by MLA Harsh Yadav who termed the death of the villagers unfortunate and demanded adequate compensation for the family members. MLA Yadav asserted that many villagers were taken from the village to attend the speech of CM. The villagers reportedly attended government function on government expenses. Four people died and many other villagers sustained serious injuries after the bus they were traveling in collided head-on with an oil tanker near Chewla.

MLA Yadav led the protest and demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh to family members of the each deceased villager and government job for one of the family members. The dharna lasted for three hours duration and was called off only after ADM Dinesh Shrivastava and ASP Pankaj Pandey reached at dharna spot and held talks with agitated villagers.Senior officers from administration informed that in course of talks held it was established that in view of road mishap that accounted for death for four villagers, as per rules ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh would be given besides as the death occurred in odd circumstances, a proposal for financial assistance worth Rs 5 lakh would be send to administration. After the assurance, villagers called off the dharna and dispersed from the spot. Due to dharna staged for three hours, traffic on the National Highway was adversely affected and long queue of trucks and other vehicles could be seen till about 2 kilometers on both sides.

MLA Yadav informed that nowdays, it is a common thing that in a programme addressed by leaders, large number of villagers are taken to the spot so to increase the crowd present on the spot. Since the villagers were taken for government function, it is mandatory on the part of government to provide befitting compensation to the family members of the deceased.

After the dharna cops from Deori includeing SHO Sandeep Ayachi and SDM Amritlal Prajapati reached the spot and held talks with MLA Yadav and asked him of call off the dharna as the villagers had placed the body of the deceased villagers on the spot.