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Monday, November 12, 2012

Four from Mysore heading to Goa meet watery grave at Shimoga

MYSORE/SHIMOGA: A family's plans to spend quality time celebrating Diwali at Goa has gone horribly wrong as the vehicle in which they were traveling plunged into an open well killing all the three of the family near Shimoga on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle is also killed in the accident as the four-wheeler skidded off the road and plunged into the well at Kaspadi near Shimoga.
On Friday night, minutes before he started to Goa, Goutham Roy, a training instructor at premier Postal Training Centre (PTC) in Mysore, looked relaxed and elated to spend time with family at Goa. Roy with his wife Urmila and 15-year-old daughter Usuri started their journey at 10.15 am in a Tata Indica cab. Firoz Khan from Mandi Mohalla was driving the vehicle. Roy is from 24 North Paraganas district in southern West Bengal and moved to the city a year back serving at the PTC, a premier training centre of the department of posts that trains postal personnel.
The family was to reach Goa via Shimoga and Karwar traveling on Bangalore-Honnavar National Highway 206. As the family was heading to their destination, the car driver lost control of the vehicle and headed straight to the 10 feet deep open well at Kaspadi, 50 kms from Shimoga. It plunged into a ditch 25 feet below and entered the open well and sunk within seconds. They didn't get time to react and escape from the sinking vehicle, Shimoga additional SP C Basavaraju told The Sunday Times of India. All of them died on the spot, he stated. Basavaraju, who visited the spot, said the bodies were identified by authorities from the PTC.
The accident occurred at 4.50 am. The Bangalore-registered car veered to the right at the hairpin curve on the road, which is recently laid and fairly in good condition. Adding to the problem was mist. The driver lost control of the vehicle negotiating the curve and hit barbed wire fence before plunging into the 15 feet wide open well built for irrigation purpose. The owner of the farm Somashekarappa Gowda, who heard the noise, rushed to the spot armed with a torch and tried to save the family, the police said. He later alerted the cops, who informed the fire personnel and rushed to the spot. The localities tried to save them but it was too late. Autospy conducted at McGann Hospital at Shimoga revealed that all of them died due to drowning. "They have died due to drowning and there are no external injuries," sources stated.
As the vehicle fell into the ditch, Roy, who was sitting in the front seat and the driver have been thrown outside through the windshield. But they were buried as the vehicle that turned turtle fell on them and sunk in the slush, the police stated. Urmila and Usuri sitting in the back had no escape route, they added. Their bodies were extricated after the vehicle was pulled out of the well by fire fighters at 7.15 am. It is a case of overspeeding, Sagar rural police, who have booked a case, stated.
The bodies of Roy's family will be sent to West Bengal. The Kolkata police top brass contacted a senior IPS asking him to arrange for the shipping of the bodies, sources stated. They informed their Karnataka counterparts that Roy's parents are aged and cannot travel to Shimoga to claim the bodies. The additional SP said they will send the bodies to Kolkata.
Meanwhile, the Shimoga police are holding a meeting with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Sunday to discuss about the safety measures to be adopted at the NH 206. Basavaraju said they will ask the NHAI authorities to construct crash barrier at the spot where the accident occurred. Such safety measures will also be adopted all along the NH which pose problem to drivers. One year back, a family had providential escape as their car plunged into the well but were saved since it happened during day time, localities stated.
Source : The Times of India
      Com. Gautam Roy, Ex-Asst. Secretary, Kolkata GPO on deputation to PTC Mysore   met with an fatal accident enrout from Mysore to Goa  and dies on the spot along with his wife and daughter. He was an intellectual and active leader of our union. 
     We sincerely convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and also to the comrades of West Bengal Circle.
      Let the departed souls rest in  eternal peace.

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