Techie killed as pvt bus jumps signal, hits his bike head-on

Techie killed as pvt bus jumps signal, hits his bike head-on

An information technology (IT) professional, who was riding a motorcycle, was killed on the spot when the driver of a private bus jumped signal at the Central Silk Board junction, Hosur Road, and the heavy vehicle collided head-on with his bike on Saturday night.

Police identified the victim as Ajeesh, 28, a native of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. He had come to Bengaluru a few years ago and was working for a software company in Marathahalli. He was staying at Thyagarajanagar.

Around 10.30 pm, Ajeesh was riding home from work, waiting near the Silk Board junction as the signal had turned red. The moment the signal turned green, he moved his bike but the bus, coming from the opposite direction, jumped the signal and ploughed into the bike. The severe collision inflicted grievous injuries on Ajeesh and he died on the spot.

Horrified passersby took him to a nearby hospital but the doctors declared him brought dead. Some bystanders chased down the bus driver, identified later as Mahesh, and handed him over to the police, who then seized the bus.

The accident underlines a persistent and dangerous practice by motorists at the busy traffic junction—jumping the signal when no policeman is around.

A senior police officer said there were numerous complaints about motorists jumping the signal at the Silk Board junction.

“This is a common practice among motorists to jump the signal after 10 or 11 pm because there is no policeman to regulate traffic or book the violators. The issue is being discussed with the police top brass and we’ll take steps to check this dangerous practice,” the officer said on the condition of anonymity. A case has been registered at the Madiwala police station.

Guard mowed down

In another road accident on Saturday night, a 24-year-old security guard was mowed down by a mini goods vehicle when he was crossing the road near Chikkabidarakallu
under the Peenya traffic police limits.

Anjaneya, a resident of Vinayak Nagar, was walking home from work when the goods vehicle ran him over. Passersby called the police, who seized the vehicle and arrested the driver.

Report on ‘Public Eye’

If your fellow motorists abuse you or sound horn incessantly for not jumping a traffic signal, you can click a picture of their vehicle and upload it on the app ‘Public Eye’. Police will quickly examine the photograph and take necessary action without fail, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Traffic-East) Babu Rajendra Prasad.

“Jumping signal is dangerous but motorists often act recklessly. Many motorists jump signal because they are abused by riders coming from behind who keep on sounding the horn. Many people report to us that they are abused for not jumping the signal and blocking the way of fellow motorists. Whoever faces such a problem can click a picture of that vehicle and upload it on the app ‘Public Eye’. We’ll examine the photograph and take necessary action,” Prasad explained.

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