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Be empathetic; don't pass the buck, officials told

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BBMP meet discusses death of student in accident


Bhanupriya died after skidding on uncleared garbage and coming under a bus

Shwetha Raju fell into a pit dug for cable-laying on Castle Street and broke her legs


Bangalore: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will look into the recent accidents in which two students became victims, Mayor S.K. Nataraj told presspersons here on Wednesday.

Nineteen-year-old Bhanupriya whose vehicle skidded on uncleared garbage on Krumbiegel Road, sending her flying under the wheels of a bus, died on Tuesday while college student Shwetha Raju, who stepped out on Castle Street, fell into a pit said to have been dug by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), suffering fractures in her legs earlier in the week.

‘Cultivate empathy'

The accidents were discussed at the coordination meeting of the various civic agencies held under the leadership of A. Ravindra, Adviser to Chief Minister.

A communiqué said officials were told to cultivate empathy and regard for victims, instead of passing the buck among themselves.

The heads of the civic agencies were also asked to fix individual responsibility for any accidents and take action against errant officials promptly.

The BBMP is also taking steps to improve the condition of footpaths and prevent accidents.

Suspension demanded

Meanwhile, S. Amaresh from the RTI Study Centre has written to the Mayor and BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah blaming the callousness of the BBMP and BESCOM for the accidents.

Mr. Amaresh urged the Mayor and the Commissioner to suspend the medical officer of health and executive engineer concerned of the area for failing to clear the garbage and directing BESCOM to cover the pit in time.

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