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Pregnant woman dies as traffic cop intercepts two-wheeler

Press Trust of India  |  Tiruchirappalli/Chennai 

A young pregnant woman was killed and her husband injured when the two-wheeler they were riding was allegedly kicked by a traffic for not stopping during a helmet check drive near Tiruchirappalli, said.

The late last evening incident led to an outrage with locals staging a protest and clashing with police, following which was arrested and suspended.

In Chennai, K Palaniswami today condoled the death of the woman, Usha, who was four months pregnant, and ordered a solatium of Rs seven lakh to her kin besides assuring appropriate action after a probe.

Palaniswami said that on his orders, was arrested immediately and lodged in prison.

The took suo motu cognisance of the incident and sought a report from the Tamil Nadu government.

The incident also echoed in the where made a mention and wanted the court to take suo motu (on its own) notice of it and proceed further.

However, first bench comprising Indira Banerjee and Justice refused to initiate suo motu proceedings and asked Ramaswamy to file a petition.

According to eyewitnesses, the inspector tried to stop the two-wheeler at as Raja, riding the bike, for not wearing helmet.

However, as the man proceeded without stopping, took another two-wheeler and chased the couple and allegedly kicked it with his leg. The couple fell down near a roundabout on

Usha, in her 30s, was rushed to a hospital but declared brought dead, said. Her husband had been hospitalised with serious injuries.

An FIR was registered in connection withe incident, Inspector Kamaraj was produced before a court and remanded to judicial custody today.

He, however, denied kicking the two-wheeler.

In a press release, Palaniswami said he was grieved to learn that died succumbing to severe injuries she sustained after falling off the two-wheeler.

He said when Kamaraj tried to stop the two-wheeler, the man "moved without stopping" at the

Stating that the inspector had been placed under suspension, Palaniswami assured appropriate action on completion of the criminal investigation in the case.

Enraged over the incident, local people staged a protest on the road last night, prompting to make a lathicharge to disperse them.

A section of the crowd resisted the police action and attacked them, police said.

They said around 20 protesters and six police personnel were injured in the lathicharge and melee.

The NHRC in its notice said it had observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, amount to worst example of police brutality and issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

The report should include details on action taken against the and relief granted to the family of the deceased woman as well as the health condition of her husband and the status of the medical treatment being provided to him, according to a NHRC release.

"The right to life of the innocent woman has been grossly violated and the circumstances, as mentioned in the media reports, warrant stringent action against the guilty policeman," the Commission said.

"The Commission expects that the DGP, will issue suitable directions to the personnel to behave in a sensible manner while on duty and respect the human rights of the citizens."

In the high court, the Government Pleader submitted that an FIR had been registered in connection with the death of the woman.

He made the submission after the first bench responding to another mention on the matter by Aswathaman asked the Government Pleader about the action taken.

The alleged that police personnel were extracting money and misbehaving with the vehicle riders despite them having valid documents and wanted the court to take suo motu action.

To this, the orally observed that no doubt that atrocities should be curbed and stopped, but wondered how the high court can take suo motu action and direct Police or others not to take money without any evidence.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 20:05 IST