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Medicos' death: Police caught in `truck trap'

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, AUG. 2. A day after the tragic death of three medicos in a road crash on Tank Bund, discussion over its causes centred on faulty streetlights and failure of the lorry driver to switch on the vehicle's parking lights.

But, it is another question that is haunting the officials. As per rules, plying of lorries is prohibited on Upper Tank Bund and the police can't explain the presence of a truck on that road.

Manpower shortage

"Law and order police will be able to clarify," said the Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Tejdeep Kaur Menon. According to her, shortage of manpower had come in the way of deploying traffic police at night to regulate vehicle movement.

When contacted, the DCP Central Zone, Srinivasulu, said though the Gandhinagar police would probe into it, there was little possibility of fixing responsibility. "Unless constables are posted on either side, it would be difficult to restrict movement of trucks on Tank Bund, " he opined.

`Deadly' curve

Two other accidents, including one fatal one, were reported at the same spot on Upper Tank Bund in the last two months. Some feel that the slight curve near Lepakshi left the drivers confused. However, road engineers maintained that the curve was deliberately introduced to relieve vehicle drivers of "visual boredom." One way to alert vehicle drivers about the curve is to install blinkers on roadside, a cop suggested.

Non-functioning streetlights only compounded the problem. "If some lights are not functioning on Tank Bund, street lights are being switched off by 9 p.m. near Lumbini Park leading to accidents," a traffic policeman said.

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