Maina Curtorim Police on Saturday afternoon arrested the contractor and site supervisor of the ongoing work of erecting road dividers at Tembi, Raia along with the driver of the truck after four persons died in an accident there.
In a tragic accident on Saturday morning a car had a head on collision with an oncoming truck which was in the wrong lane. Three occupants of the totally mangled car – Mohammed Rafiq, Irfan Shirgode and Rehmatula Kunnur – died on the spot, the fourth occupant – Maulali Bakshi – died at Goa Medical College Hospital where he was rushed.
The accident saw the people rising in protest against the callousness of the authorities and the contractor and PWD were held responsible for the death as no proper sign boards were erected about the traffic being diverted through the wrong lane.
Enquiries revealed that the contractor had not even bothered to inform the police about diverting the traffic and no personnel were posted at the site to warn motorists about the change in vehicular routes.
Police in the evening arrested the contractor Prakash Volvotkar, site supervisor M Ibrahim and the truck driver, Kanapur native Raja Saab under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao while expressing shock over the incident, said he will initiate action against the department officers if they were found guilty of negligence. He also handed over Rs. 25,000 to the family of two of the deceased persons from his constituency of Navelim.