A Thrissur district police station – Peechi – in Kerala has filed a case of murder against National Highway of India (NHAI) Chairman Yadvir Singh Malik and eight others for the death of 18 persons on the Palakkad-Thrissur section of National Highway 544 in the last one year. Police filed the case on the directions of a local court, which took up a petition from Thrissur District Congress Committee general secretary Shaji K Kondankandath.
Malayalam daily Madhyam reported that Kondankandath had pointed out to the court that he had taken up the case three years ago, but NHAI and its officials had been unsympathetic to his pleas. The court, while ordering the presence of NHAI Chairman and others as accused, said the highway had been constructed unscientifically.
The charges against the nine include causing accidents, hindrances and pollution by perpetuating homicide, besides threatening the life and property of people. The court observed that several warnings it had issued to the officials had been ignored. Read More
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