Mumbai man loses life due to police's callousness

Aug 03, 2014, 07:05 IST | Neha LM Tripathi

A 56-year-old man died at Kandivli on Friday after his bike hit a barricade left behind by cops following a nakabandi. His sudden demise has sent his family members in a state of shock

The Mumbai police conducts nakabandis to ensure that law and order is maintained in the city and commuters follow traffic rules. But what happens when this very exercise claims the life of a common man? This is what happened on Friday afternoon when PK Arora, a 56-year-old man, lost his life after his motorbike hit a barricade, which the Kandivli police forgot to clear after their routine nakabandi. Arora’s kin is in a state of shock.

PK Arora died after he allegedly collided with the barricade put up by the Kandivli police
PK Arora died after he allegedly collided with the barricade put up by the Kandivli police

Pankaj Arora, famous in his area as PK sir, was on his way to his shop around 1.06 pm when his two-wheeler dashed into the police barricade at MG Road in Kandivli. A passerby immediately rushed him to Shatabdi Hospital where he was declared dead after a few minutes. According to the hospital’s CCTV footage, Arora was brought in at 1.18pm.

Pankaj 'PK' Arora
PK Arora

A doctor from Shatabdi Hospital, who didn’t wish to be named, said that when Arora was brought to the hospital he had 90 per cent blood loss. A doctor who conducted autopsy at the Bhagwati Hospital in Borivli confirmed that the death was due to a head injury.

Huge loss to family
Suraj Arora, the deceased’s nephew told sunday mid-day, “He was the backbone of our family. We can’t believe that we have lost him” Inderjeet Singh Chauhan, family friend said, “Ten minutes before the accident, Pankaj called up his daughter, who wasn’t feeling well, and told her that she needn’t worry, as he had purchased medicines for her. But he couldn’t give them to her.”

Cops have a new version
The case has been registered under section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act. Senior Police Inspector of Kandivli police station M Pandarmise said, “Arora was trying to overtake a bus when he dashed his bike into the barricade. It was lying on one side of the road as all nakabandis are relaxed only for two hours and start in the evening again.”

When contacted, spokesperson of Mumbai Police, DCP Mahesh Patil said, “The main aim of a naakabandi is to ensure that commuters are following traffic rules and check the authenticity of their vehicle’s documents. Once the nakabandi is over, the barricades should be kept aside to have hassle-free traffic movement. If any barricade is left on the road then it’s against the instructions given to officers.”

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