BENGALURU: A 24-year-old worker at a Metro construction site in Majestic was run over by a truck on early Sunday morning.
The police told The New Indian Express that the truck driver was overworked and he was under the influence of alcohol.The deceased, Santhosh Oran, was as a native of Jharkhand.
A senior police officer said the incident occurred around 2.30 am, while Santhosh was working at the metro site. Truck driver, Abhimanyu, after spending hours loading soil on to the truck, was tired.
He was driving in the reverse direction and rammed into Santosh who was passing by. The rear wheel hit Santosh and killed him instantly.
Other labourers at the site rushed to the spot after hearing Santhosh screaming and found him lying in a pool of blood. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Upparpet Traffic police arrested Abhimanyu and took him for medical test after booking him on charges of negligent driving.
“During preliminary investigations, we found that driver Abhimanyu was asked to continue after his duty hours.Under pressure, he consumed alcohol. The incident came to our notice much later as it was covered up. The crime spot was hidden under mud and water. We are yet to ascertain the exact reason for the accident.Other laboures present at the site are not ready to explain,” a senior police officer added.
BMRCL authorities in a press release stated that it was an accidental death. His parents have been informed. The contractor has made arrangements for the family to come to Bengaluru and to transport the body by air to Jharkand. The contractor has given an immediate compensation of Rs 50,000 under the Workmen Compensation Act. BMRCL will also be giving Rs 50,000 as immediate relief.
The workers and contractors who were at the spot during the accident,tried to hush it up and did not inform the police immediately. The police learned about the incident only when the hospital staff alerted them.
An investigating officer said,"No safety measures were in place at the site and there was complete darkness due to lack of proper lighting facilities."