Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Dec 6:
The gruesome incident at Khandagiri Square here last Sunday in which an out-of-control Haiwa mowed down three persons and injured about 20 others has opened the proverbial can of worms.
After the startling revelation that it was sporting a fake registration number that actually belonged to a car comes news that even the ownership document of the killer vehicle was fake.
During investigation, Commissionerate police have found that Abdul Shafikur, of Neulapur under Dhramasala police station in Jajpur district, in whose name the vehicle was registered simply does not exist.
Transport authorities had earlier informed the police that the vehicle was sold to Abdul by an employee of ARSS infrastructure Projects Limited. After the fresh revelations, they have now come out with the ready explanation that the ARSS employee could have forged the documents.
“We are investigating the matter and would nab the culprits soon,” said an embarrassed commissioner RP Sharma.
The revelation has called into question the efficacy of the system in place to keep tabs on vehicles plying illegally in the city – or, as some would say, the inclination of the transport and police authorities to crack down on illegal vehicles.
After all, had it not been for the accident on Sunday, the Haiwa with the fake number plate and fake ownership documents would have continued to ply on the streets of the city without anyone but those who have allowed it coming to know of it. For all one knows, there could be hundreds of such vehicles with forged documents roaming the roads even now.