Mahbubnagar: Grief knew no bounds across Mahbubnagar district on Monday as the Sunday’s horrific road accident was the topic of discussion at tea stalls, bus stops, local buses, passenger autos and at public places and everywhere. The gory accident snuffed out the lives of 13 daily wage labourers near Kothapally village in Midgil mandal..
After conducting post-mortem on the bodies of 12 deceased at Badepally government hospital on Monday morning, they were shifted to Kothapally and Gogya thanda, the native villages of the victims, where villagers were all grief-stricken. Amid the dismal atmosphere, tents were erected in front of several houses in the two villages and helpless cries of the children, parents and life partners of the departed moved one and all. A pall of gloom had descended on the two villages and some of the most sorrowful scenes witnessed were at the houses of Shivaji and his wife Chandi in Gogya thanda, who died in the accident together, as they were returning in the same auto after labour work. In another heart-wrenching case, three sisters-in-law – Jangamma, Indramma and Shivaleela – all residents of Kothapally, died in the accident. Gobriya and Chavli, residents of Gogya thanda lost their only son Sakru in the accident and people couldn’t console the bawling bereaved families. These were the grave scenes which were witnessed in the two villages throughout Monday. On Sunday, 12 persons died on the spot after a speeding lorry rammed into the seven-seater autorickshaw while the driver of the seven-seater Mudavath Sakru Naik died at hospital on the same day night. Six more persons, who suffered serious injuries, were shifted to SVS hospital in Mahabubnagar from where few of them were shifted to Hyderabad for better treatment as their condition was said to be critical. “I was sitting in the front seat of the auto. As the lorry hit our vehicle, everybody started shouting and crying loudly, but the lorry didn’t stop. In a trice, we were all tossed in the air and sprawling on the road with several died and mutilated,” said Eedamma, a survivor of the accident. “We had gone to work in agricultural fields in the morning and were returning home by the same auto in the evening. Just before 5 minutes to home, the death came in the form of the truck and destroyed several families forever,” Jangamma, another survivor told Telangana Today, trying to hold back tears running through her eyes. As the kin of the victims demanded an ex-gratia including 2BHK houses and employment for the bereaved families, former Minister and Jadcharla MLA Dr C Laxma Reddy assured them that he would strive to get Rs 6 lakh compensation for the each affected family. Excise and Sports Minister V Srinivas Goud also consoled the families of the deceased and assured all the possible help from the government to shore-up their shattered lives. Former MLA Erra Shekhar demanded that the victimized families be granted Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia..