Margao: Hit-and-run cases are on the rise in South Goa, and as many as 10 such cases have been reported this year so far in the district.
Recently, a 62-year-old Anthony Coutinho, a resident of Nuvem, who was travelling on a scooter, died after he was knocked down by an unknown vehicle at Arlem.
The Maina Curtorim police had said that Anthony was coming home on his scooter and he was hit by an unknown vehicle at Arlem.
He was taken to Hospicio Hospital, however, he died there, said the police.
People gathered at the site soon after the incident tried to trace the vehicle involved in the accident but could not succeed in that.
The Maina Curtorim police also reached the site and tried to look for the vehicle but so far the vehicle that hit the scooterist has not been traced.
A senior police officer claimed that most of the hit- and-run cases reported have been detected and charge-sheets have been filed against the offenders.
He said that hit-and-run accident can be described as a case, where an individual, hits another vehicle while driving and flees from the spot.
“In fact it is the civil responsibility of the drivers to report a road mishap concerning their vehicles,” he added.
Ulhas Kerker, a senior citizen, said that road accident statistics indicate how roads have become unsafe for everyone and most of the road accidents.
He opined that lack of concern for public safety and rash driving are resulting in the hit- and-run cases.
According to a city advocate, Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 includes legislation which imposes severe punishment on an individual involved in a hit-and-run accident, and pointed out that in Section 161 of Motor Vehicles Act, hit-and-run is defined as “an accident arising out of the use of a motor vehicle(s) the identity whereof cannot be ascertained in spite of reasonable efforts for the
Besides, he said that Sections 279, 304A, and 338 of the IPC are imposed on the accused in hit-and-run incidents for causing death.