A 30-year-old pregnant woman was killed after a traffic inspector allegedly kicked the two-wheeler on which she was travelling with her husband at Thuvakudi near Trichy on Wednesday evening.
Soon after the incident, protests broke out in Trichy. The policeman Kamaraj was arrested and suspended. Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced Rs seven lakh solatium, while many other politicians including DMK’s M K Stalin and BJP’s Tamilisai Soundararajan condemned the incident.
Police were carrying out helmet checks on Wednesday night, and Dharmaraj and Usha did not stop when they were asked to. Kamaraj, chased them on his own vehicle, caught up with them and kicked their two-wheeler.
The couple lost balance and fell, and Usha was run over by a van travelling behind them. Thousands of protesters – some of whom are said to have pelted the police with stones – were beaten by the cops, reports said.
Usha’s meagre salary was the only steady source of income in her household. Raja works as a recovery agent in a Finance company, and does not have a permanent job. His salary is based on the vehicles he manages to recover.
Her family members and public have demanded dismissal of Kamaraj from service, besides filing of murder case against him.