Overcrowded vehicles put pilgrims at Risk

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, August 24

Overcrowded canters and mini trucks going from Siwani Mandi to Gogamedi Fair in Rajasthan on NH-65 are a common sight these days.

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The police seem to have turned a blind eye even as pilgrims risk their lives to complete the journey.Dayanand Poonia, a farmer, said, “Several pilgrims of Gogamedi Fair and Salasar temple in Rajasthan travel in overcrowded vehicles throughout the year. Mishaps have become commonplace.” The vehicles become prone to mishaps due to over speeding also. In the absence of PCR vans and ambulances, accident victims fail to get immediate medical help.However, Deputy Superintendent of Police denied such incidents. He, however, said nakas had been set up at key points and action would be taken against violators.On the other hand, SDM Shalini Chetal admitted that such traffic violations took place.She said, “Overcrowded vehicle were challaned on Monday. The drivers were warned against repeating the offence.”At least 29 pilgrims were killed in Siwani Mandi on July 30, 2012, when their vehicle collided with a truck.Recently, five pilgrims were killed in a road mishap at Adampur village.

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