KARIMNAGAR:In a shocking incident, a cotton-laden lorry ran over two employees of the Agriculture Market Committee in Karimnagar, in a bid to escape from penalty, at the Rajiv Rahadari bypass road on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday morning.
According to the police the Haryana registration lorry refused to stop at the Agriculture Marketing Committee check post where the employees were checking vehicles transporting agriculture products. As the lorry sped past the check post, two employees, junior marketing supervisor Pothu Narender (48), and Battula Kondaiah (49), a watchman, chased the speeding truck on a motorbike. The duo overtook the lorry and tried to stop it. But the lorry driver accelerated and knocked down the bike in the process. Pothu Narender and Battula Kondaiah succumbed to injuries at the hospital later.
According to the police, the deceased employees were on duty at the checkpost when the cotton-laden lorry, which was proceeding to Godavarikhani from Khammam sped past the check post.
The two employees chased the lorry on a motorcycle and tried to stop it. But the lorry driver knocked them down and fled the spot.
On information, all the police stations on Karimnagar -Godavarikhani and Karimngar - Luxettipet highways were alerted to stop the lorry.
Meanwhile, traffic police led by CI T Mahesh Goud spotted the lorry abandoned at Sripuram Colony in Karimnagar and shifted it to police station. The driver is absconding. Karimnagar Market Committee deputy director S Krishna preferred a complaint with Karimnagar Rural police and investigation is on.
“The state government has announced an ex gratia of `5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased,” Krishna said.