Kalyan: 30-year-old woman dies in alleged pothole accident

Thane: A 30-year-old woman was killed after the motorcycle she was traveling on misbalanced into a pothole. The woman along with her brother-in-law were going to get vaccinated. The motorcycle ran into a pothole filled with water and skidded resulting in both of them falling down. The Padgha police claimed the motorcycle skid while overtaking a vehicle and they fell down.

According to sources from Padgha police, the woman was identified as Divya Katariya (30), a teacher in private classes in Kalyan. Katariya lived with her husband, also a teacher, at Rutu complex in Kalyan west. The incident took place on June 23 morning, when the victim was traveling on a motorcycle along with her brother-in-law Arjun Bhanusali (27).

"We were going to Fortis hospital in Kalyan west to get Divya vaccinated. While I was riding the motorcycle Divya was a pillion rider and we decided to first refill petrol. We were on the Kalyan-Padgha road and were about to take the Gandhari road bridge. While overtaking a vehicle the motorcycle came into a pothole full with water. The motorcycle lost balance, resulting both of us falling down", said Arjun Bhanusali.

Bhanusali who was also injured claims Divya was shifted to Aayush hospital in Kalyan for treatment. "On June 27, due to internal wounds and bleeding she succumbed to her injuries," added Arjun who was on Saturday called by the Padgha police station of Thane rural police for a statement.

Dinesh Katke, senior police inspector, Padgha police station of Thane rural police confirmed about the Gandhari bridge coming in their jurisdiction and said, "We received the papers of the incident on Friday. As per primary information it is found that Arjun was overtaking a vehicle. Assuming for overtaking he would have speed the motorcycle. He then skidded and fell down. We don't believe it's a pothole death. Then too we are verifying all the facts and taking statements from Arjun to get a clear picture of the incident. Accordingly will file a case for negligence", added Katke. "The woman was under treatment and succumbed to injuries over internal bleeding and hemorrhage," added Katke.

The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation authorities claim the road has been repaired by the state's Public Work Department.

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