Protests erupted in Tamil Nadu’s Trichy on Wednesday evening after a woman was killed on the road after being chased by the cops. 30-year-old Usha was killed after a traffic inspector allegedly kicked the two-wheeler on which she was travelling with her husband at Thuvakudi near Trichy.
A Tamil Nadu Police officer has been arrested after he kicked a motorcycle on a busy road, forcing a pregnant woman who was riding pillion to fall and die, officials said on Thursday. The four-month pregnant woman, identified as Usha, was killed after crashing on the road in Tiruchirappalli on Wednesday, triggering huge protests. The officer was taken into custody later. The 30-year-old woman was not wearing a helmet.
“It is a clear case of murder. The traffic police initially allowed us to go. But this official chased us and kicked the bike, resulting in my wife’s death,” her husband Raja, who was riding the bike without a helmet, told a television channel on Thursday. Political leaders on Thursday demanded strong action against the erring Traffic Police Inspector, identified only as Kamaraj. Another man told the channel that Kamaraj should be booked for murder.
“When a police officer dies on duty, the government announces compensation. Similarly, Usha’s family should be given compensation as she was killed by a traffic inspector.”
On Wednesday, a huge crowd massed on the road after the incident, shouting slogans against the police. The protesters stoned several police vehicles. The police used batons to disperse the mob, injuring several people.
However, higher officials said they would go through CCTV camera recordings in the area to ascertain the facts.Superintendent of Police P Cephas Kalyan later said the inspector has been arrested and remanded. Traffic on the Tiruchy-Thanjavur National Highway was affected for more than three hours.
- The police try to stop a couple on a bike for a routine vehicle check, but the duo speed away
- Inspector Kamaraj chases them on a bike, and according to locals, kicks couple off the running bike
- The pillion rider, a pregnant woman, dies on the spot, while her husband gets severely hurt