Last Wednesday brought a devastating news to the family of Mithun, a final year engineering student, and a resident of Kerala, who met with a fatal accident while trying to complete a Saddle-Sore challenge. Mithun, crashed into a lorry ahead of him who applied sudden brakes and hence Mithun rammed into it from behind. The accident took place in Chitadurga on Bengaluru-Pune National Highway near 4 AM on Wednesday last week.
Mithun had embarked on the journey on Tuesday evening telling his mother that he was going to neighboring Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu,” police said.
Mithun was trying to complete the Saddle-Sore challenge which needs 1000miles/ 1600kms to be completed in 24 hours of time.
The Saddle-Sore/ Iron-Butt Association, is based in the US, and these challenges are favourable on the roads of countries like the USA only. Whereas such challenges become ten times harder in countries like ours which do not have such developed roads and highways. One should always consider this before attempting any such challenge of this kind.
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Please note: Such challenges are not meant to be broken on Indian roads.
Our thoughts and prayers goes to the family and friends of Mithun. Our deepest condolences.
In a highly tragic accident, a 27 years old, gym trainer name Mohan Rathod from Ulwe lost his life after falling in an open manhole. As per reports, Mohan was on the way to home from the gym he used to train at. After falling in the manhole, his motorcycle caught fire and engulfed Mohan in flames. What’s even more saddening is the aftermath of his death, leaving behind his wife and 1.5 years old daughter.
Senior Police Inspector Smita Jadhav of NRI police station said, “Rathod was riding his bike and was on his way home in Ulwe. Suddenly his bike fell into an open manhole and the petrol tank of the bike went up in flames. In a few seconds, Rathod’s body sustained severe burn injuries which led to his death.”
Our Question to the system:
This is not the first instance of somebody losing his life due to such a deadly case of negligence, this time it was Mohan, next it can be anyone. When will this stop?
The CIDCO contractor who was responsible for maintaining the road might be arrested but will surely be discharged soon on bail, lessons learned? None!
Will this ever stop?
Let alone this case, even big cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Gurgaon have thousands of open manholes which are trouble for everyone on the route. Daily commuters surely know or have learned over the period of time, how to avoid daily manholes, but at the same time, such manholes are a bigger trouble for the newbies learning to ride or drive and even strangers taking these routes for the first time. In most of the cases, people are hurt badly and in others like this one, they end up losing life.
It will carry on until the system changes their rules and punishments for such lethal mistakes.
Please ride safely.