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A 21-year-old woman, doctor by profession is the latest victim of the terrible situation of the roads in Maharashtra. On Thursday, the woman was run over by a vehicle after she fell off her two-wheeler that slipped on a pothole in Thane District, said the police.
The incident happened on Wednesday night when Neha Shaikh was on her way back home from Bhiwandi. She was a resident of Kudus Village and was scheduled to get married next month. She had visited Bhiwandi to purchase few things for her wedding. Assistant Police Inspector Mahesh Sagde, said that Shaikh was riding pillion on the two-wheeler rode by her brother. While ridingher two-wheeler, she lost her balance and fell on the road as the vehicle skidded on a pothole at the Dugadh Junction.
One of the trucks passing by crushed Neha Shaikh under its wheels and the vehicle driver fled the accident scene. The police have registered an offence under the Indian Penal Code Section 304A (causing death by negligence). No one has been arrested as of now. After the incident, several members of the Shramjeevi Sanghatana, an outfit working for tribal welfare, hurried to the Angaon toll booth, where the accident took place, and forced it to shut down around midnight.
The organization’s youth wing President Pramod Pawarhad made claims that potholes has taken several lives this year and he also demanded a case to be registered against the company which has been given the contract of road construction and maintenance and the Public Works Department (PWD). Pawar also said that they will not allow the toll booth to function and will continue with their "peaceful agitation" till their demands are accepted.