In a tragic incident, three girls from LAD College lost their lives on Tuesday morning as they came under the wheels of a crane being used for the metro rail work in Ambazari, Nagpur. The girls, all of whom were 1st year commerce students of LAD College, have been identified as – Vishruti Banwari (17), a resident of Ajay Nagar, Ambazari – Sneha Ambadkar (18), a resident of Ajay Nagar, Hilltop – and Ruchika Borikar (18), a resident of Tandapeth.
As per the police, the incident took place when the three girls were travelling on Ruchika’s scooter (MH49/AZ/1502) and were heading towards Ambazari T-point. The girls overtook an auto-rickshaw from the left and then lost their balance and came under the wheels of the crane (GJ 12/BJ/4001). They were seriously injured and rushed to Wockhardt Hospital where they were declared dead. None of the girls was wearing a helmet.
The driver of the crane Nathuni Dasai Chavhan (42) has been arrested and booked under sections 279 and 304 (a) of the IPC.
After the incident, protestors from different political and social organisations gathered at the Maha Metro’s office at Civil Lines with bodies of the three accident victims in an ambulance. The protestors demanded compensation for the family of the victims. While the police had a hard time managing the protestors, Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maha Metro, announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh (Rs 10 lakh by Maha Metro and Rs 15 lakh from the contractor) for each of the victim’s family. He also announced a government job for any family member of the three victims.