Hyderabad: Death, popping at the most inopportune of moments, reduced a six-member family, that was on its way to a wedding, to just two in a matter of seconds on Thursday.
Tragedy struck the family of Shaik Azhar, 37, a private employee and his family on Thursday night near Trimulgherry, when they were on their way on a moped from their home in Abrar Nagar of Hasmathpet to the Modern Function Hall near Karkhana. Azhar had reportedly stopped the moped, near Bhogal Cycles on the Karkhana-Alwal road and was about to ask for directions to the function hall, when a speeding tipper lorry rammed the two-wheeler, dragging the entire family and killing four of them on the spot.
Azhar, his only son Shaik Aman alias Aman (9), and two daughters, Ashfiya Sultana alias Ashfiya (7) and Haleema alias Haleema Sultana (3), were killed, while Azhar’s wife Imrana Begum (28) and their third daughter Atiya (6) survived the accident with injuries. Imrana and Atiya are currently under treatment in a corporate hospital.
On Friday, the aftershocks of the accident continued with relatives of Azhar and Imrana accusing the police of reaching the spot 40 minutes after the accident, with the delay apparently being a confusion over whether the accident site came under the Trimulgherry police or the Karkhana police. They said the rescue operation gained pace only after IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao, returning to the city from Sircilla, saw the crowd and rushed the injured to a hospital in his escort vehicle.
The police, however, denied the allegations, stating that Trimulgherry Inspector R. Satyanarayanaraju and six constables reached the spot within 10 minutes of the accident. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) B. Sumathi said the accident occurred between 10.13 p.m. and 10.15 p.m. and that the police reached the spot by 10.20 p.m..
“As the two-wheeler was stuck under the tipper, hydraulic jacks were used to lift the tipper,” she said. With tension starting to mount with irate relatives reportedly preparing to set the lorry on fire, the police shifted the bodies to the Gandhi Hospital and towed away the vehicle. On Friday, the Karkhana police arrested the driver, Kyasanolla Advaiah (40), who was allegedly driving in an inebriated condition.
Karkhana Inspector Y. Nageswara Rao said the exact quantity of liquor consumed by Advaiah was not known, but doctors at Gandhi Hospital who examined him had said that he had consumed ‘a high quantity of liquor’. Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav visited the bereaved relatives and assured necessary help from the government.