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Residents recount how Tuesday turned tragic

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They were trying to resolve a security issue at their apartment complex when the unfortunate incident happened.

On Tuesday evening, office-bearers of Sri Sai Subodhaya Residents Welfare Association had a pressing matter to attend to.

There was an urgent need to overhaul the Security system at this Apartment Complex in Thiruvanmiyur on East Coast Road (ECR), which has 114 families and a few establishments, including the branch of the Bank of Maharashtra and the association members were holding a discussion about it.

Abdur Rahim, the owner of a security agency, and his colleague had been invited to the meeting to discuss the nuts and bolts of the overhaul process.

“Around 4.45 p.m., we were holding the meeting at the association office. After 30 minutes, the four office-bearers — secretary S. Vasudevan (63) and executive committee members N. K. Pyarelal (65), A. R. Srinivasan (77), Nalini Srinivasan (60) — and the representatives of security agency walked out to check where the security Booth can be placed,” said A. Selvaraj, association treasurer.

At this point, Venkatesh, the manager at the Bank of Maharastra branch, was winding up for the day; he stepped into his car and turned on the ignition.

Compound wall hit

In the words of the association members, who witnessed what happened immediately after this, “We saw the car zoom away and hit the compound wall on the right. The driver then appeared to have swerved to the left, and before we knew it, he had ploughed into five people. Pyarelal and Abdur Rahim were thrown away in the impact. Hearing the commotion, Bindeshwar (42), a security guard at the apartment complex, came rushing out of the booth and was hit by the car too,” said M. Satish, the maintenance staff at the complex.

The suddenness of it all took the other bystanders by surprise. When they recovered from the shock, some of them ran behind the car that seemed to have acquired a mind of its own.

The car hit the booth and came to a halt.

Mr. Satish said the immediate concern was to rush the injured to the Hospital and they were taken to a private hospital close to the complex.

Pyarelal and Rahim, who had sustained heavy injuries, required aggressive treatment at a larger set-up and were, therefore, rushed to a hospital in Adyar.

“Pyarelal and Abdur Rahim died early on Wednesday,” added Mr. Satish.

Soon after the accident, Venkatesh surrendered at a nearby police booth.

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March 2009A 19-year-old youth was crushed to death when a mud-laden lorry fell on a pole in Kadaperi, Tambaram
May 2010A 62-year-old driver was killed on the spot when he came under the wheels of a van he parked near the St. Thomas Mount Shrine
December 2012A seven-year-old boy died after he was pinned to a wall by a jeep driven by a youth inside a school campus in Sholavaram

From: The Hindu

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