Tragic accident claims lives of two MU students2 min read
Manipal: Nishant Yadava, a third year Mechanical Engineering student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) and Sulatha Kamath, an alumnus of Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) lost their lives in a bike accident near Shiribidu, Udupi. The accident occurred on October 2 around 12:00 am, when the bike rammed into a road divider ahead of Hotel Ayan.
A security guard on duty at Hotel Ayan witnessed the incident and informed the police. According to the police, Nishant was riding the bike towards Manipal at a high speed. As he lost balance, the bike hit a pole on the divider and they both fell down. He was severely injured and died on the spot while Sulatha was immediately shifted to the Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. She was declared dead on arrival. They were on their way back from a beach. The families of both parties were duly informed and are on their way to Manipal.
The police are awaiting the report which can declare whether the students were under the influence of alcohol at that time. The owner of the bike has also not been identified as there was no number plate on it. The case was been booked under 345/2012 Section 279, 304(a), IPC.
Anamullah, Sub-Inspector, Udupi Traffic Police stressed on the need for student awareness on road safety. He said, “After dark they (students) rarely go below 80 kmph; they go so fast you cannot note their number. They should understand and respect traffic discipline. To be honest, fear should be in their mind. Street lights, speed breakers, reflective markers have been put for people’s safety, after that what else can we do?” He also added that the number of accidents involving students have reduced drastically over the last few months after the new S.P Dr. Boralingaiah took charge as he implemented strict changes in rules around the area.
Grieving the loss of the students was Prof. Varadesh Hiregange, Director of MIC. He said, “It is unfortunate. She just finished her final year but she is still my student. Especially in the time of their youth, speeding and reckless driving may give a momentary thrill but it can be extremely fatal. It is better to stay in the hostel and follow certain systems. Students need to seriously look at their life, beyond that some things are out of their control.”
Echoing the sentiment was the Chief Warden of MIT, Col. CMS Kalakoti who spoke of the difficulty of handling the safety of students who stay outside campus. He said, “To be honest, when the students stay in hostels, they are safer due to the stricter rules.”
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran