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Karwar: Nine pilgrims returning from Subrahmanya killed in accident near Yellapur

Daijiworld Media Network - Karwar (SP)

Karwar, Sep 14: Nine pilgrims including seven from a single family met death in an accident which happened at Arebail village near Yellapur in Uttara Kannada district on Wednesday September 13 morning. The deceased include three children and three women.

The pilgrims had travelled to Subrahmanya in Dakshina Kannada district in connection with a religious ceremony relating to a child from the family. The SUV in which the pilgrims were seated hit a truck that had been parked by the roadside, killing nine persons on the spot. A friend of the family, Gajanan Bapu Metri (27), was the only survivor of this accident. He suffered serious injuries and is being treated at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences hospital at Hubballi.

The people who were killed in this horrific accident are Vivek Vasant Ghatge (34), Vaishnavi Vivek Ghatge (5), Abhinay Chandrakant Akamble (3), Varadaraj Vivek Ghatge (18 months), Sachin Madhukar Jandenavar (28) , Renuka Chandrakant Kamble (30), Gouravva Vasant Metri (58),Menaka Vivek Ghatge (28), and driver of the vehicle, Mujeeb Iqbal (32). The SUV was badly mangled in the accident and police had a hard time removing bodies from debris of the vehicle.

Vasant Ghatge family from Nidagundi village in Raibagh taluk in Belagavi district is into politics. Because of business interests, the family had relocated itself near Raibagh railway station. Shyam Ghatkge from the family happens to be a former Congress MLA.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Can any one ask God why ?
    Live in faith & belief
    Life is temporary, death is inevittable.
    Until then live fearlessly & happily.

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  • Godfrey D'Souza, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Most of the time the visit is planned for the day and return immediately. Usually there is some more sightseeing done after the darshan. with this the driver of the vehicle hardly gets any rest and is in a hurry to reach the destination.
    Then are the vehicles parked on the road at night without blinkers or other indicators. With the present powerful vehicles and high speed it's a recipe for disaster.
    May the souls rest in peace.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Rationally thinking, it's been a big suspense for me of almost entire families getting wiped out while going to or returning to/from very famous religious places with the intention of expecting wellness n protection from the respective deities; these ghastly accidents occurring at frequent intervals n killing innocents in diff parts of our country baffles me???

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  • Thomas M., Mangaluru/Uttara Kannada

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    It is reported that they started back BY NIGHT. The driver was driving the car at high speed from Ankola to Yellapur and collided head on with the truck at the Arabail ghat curve. Arabail ghat has claimed in the past 9 months 30 lives in 85 accidents. Why blame the deities or the devils when one is reckless and does not learn even with umpteen such accidents and loss of lives? R.I.P.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Then does one go to pray n pay obeisance with so much reverence to the deities irrespective of religions???

    BTW, ur answer is totally veering away from my question!!

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  • Thomas M., Mangaluru/Uttara Kannada

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    You have a point there, though with my limited knowledge I do not understand what rationalism is and who is a rationalist. By mistake I posted my comment as a reply to yours, but I should have posted it separately and not as a reply to you. Sorry for that.

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Nobody understood destiny till now.... a major question always remains open ... why always ( most of the time ) such accidents happens while onwards or returning from temples... and complete families are vanished in most of the cases.... very tragic. RIP.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Thing logically n rationally!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017


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