There was tension at Rumdamol-Davorlim on Tuesday morning after a mob of 200-odd people blocked the highway and pelted stones at a truck that hit two minor girls as they were on their way to school from the eastern bypass. Agitators went berserk after rumours that one of the girls succumbed to the injuries.
The girls were hit by the tiles-laden truck as the driver while reversing could not see them. Protesters staged rasta roko for around two hours and left only after police and local MLA Avertano Furtado assured that the narrow and accident-prone zone near Rumdamol junction will be widened and action will be taken against the truck driver.
The two minor sisters – one aged 16 and another aged 10 sustained leg injuries in the accident that took place at around 7.45 am near Maruti temple which is around 1 km away from the St Joseph High School. Head constable Prakash Pedneker of Maina-Curtorim police, who is investigating the case, said that the two girls were taken to Hospicio Hospital from where they were shifted to Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim.
Margao town police have registered two cases – one against the truck driver for rash and negligent driving and another against the agitators for blocking the road and stoning the truck. According to head constable Prakash Pedneker of Maina-Curtorim police station, who is investigating the case, the two girls were trapped in between rear wheel of the truck. Police inspector of Maina-Curtorim police station Haresh Madkaiker said that the truck driver Nagesh Bhadari aged 59 from Karnataka will be arrested.
After rumors that one of the girls has succumbed, protesters again came on the road and continued the agitation and marched towards panchayat and raised slogans. Furtado along with sub-divisional police officer Dinraj Goveker, deputy collector Margao, officers of Margao traffic cell and others visited the place of accident and brought the situation under control. Furtado also visited the GMC along with Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and checked the condition of the girls. Later speaking to reporters, Parsekar said that the girls are safe and escaped with fractures, and muscle tear and are out of danger. He said that GMC is fully equipped to treat the girls who will be back in action in a few days.