A stationary dumper parked at Panchiadih village on Patamda-Tata Road killed a 35-year-old man late Saturday night, exposing how a heavy vehicle — either parked or plying recknessly on the road — in and around the steel city after 10pm is no one’s baby.
One person died and another was injured when the scooter they were riding rammed into a stationary dumper at Panchiadih village under the jurisdiction of Bodam police station, around 20km from here, late on Saturday night.
A police patrolling team reached the spot and rushed both to MGM Medical College Hospital, where one of them Vishal Majhi, 35, was declared brought dead. Injured Bhimdeo Singh, 40, was admitted to the hospital where his condition is said to be serious.
Bodam police station officer in-charge Kajal Dubey said they had seized the dumper and had registered a case against the driver for leaving the heavy vehicle abandoned on the road, which caused the fatal mishap.
The steel city and especially its suburban areas are prone to such mishaps because there are no police to check heavy vehicles stationary or plying at night.
After 11pm, the main arteries of the steel city are choked with heavy vehicles, many of them plying without registration, but the police rarely intercept the vehicles.
On the contrary, the traffic police do carry out helmet-checking drives at various places in the city regularly.
If a two-wheeler rider is found without helmet, the traffic cops not only slap a fine on the offender but also check whether the two-wheeler rider has the other documents that he or she is supposed to carry.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Shivendra said controlling the movement of heavy vehicles after 10pm was not under the ambit of the traffic police. “Traffic police are supposed to streamline vehicular movement from 6am to 10pm, but beyond this, local police stations have to look after the matters related to heavy vehicles,” said the traffic DSP.