Mangaluru: Youngster stages solo protest seeking justice for Aatish killed by pothole


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru Aug 11: A youngster, Likith Rai staged a solo protest seeking justice for Aatish who lost his life while trying to evade a pothole on the road near Bikarnakatte–Kandettu cross on August 5.

Likith Rai single-handedly protested opposite MCC on Thursday, August 11.

The public too have expressed outrage over the negligence of the officials in filling the potholes on city roads. The netizens have demanded that a murder complaint be filed against the officials concerned. Some others have vented out their anguish against the elected representatives also.

Aatish lost his life while trying to evade a pothole filled with water. He had lost control after sighting a pothole at the last moment and crashed onto a divider. His head hit against the iron reflector railing on the divider. Though he was rushed to a hospital, he succumbed on the way.


Deceased Aatish

Likith Rai took an initiative of single-handedly protesting, seeking justice for Aathish. Likith Rai is a classmate of deceased Aatish and also a good friend. Following his death, a public campaign was taken out expressing outrage against the officials and seeking justice for Aatish.

Likith said, ‘We will file a complaint against the NHAI as they are responsible for his killing. I lost my friend to a pothole. I don’t want others to lose their life due to potholes. This has to end. We need answers from the elected representatives and NHAI and a written assurance on filling the potholes."

"We don’t have any agenda against any political party. Our demand is to seek justice for Aatish. On August 11, they filled the pothole where Aatish met with an accident but it won't last for long. People have been criticizing the administration regarding the potholes since a long time but the officials and NHAI have not considered it seriously and are playing with the lives of people," expressed Likith.

"The people driving in cars may not know the difficulties as two-wheeler riders do. The spot where Aatish met with an accident has no street lights and sign boards. A toll gate is operating illegally here and collecting money despite Minister Gadkari's instruction that there should be one toll gate every 60 kms on national highways. Where does all the toll collected go? It's tax payers money and we don’t find good roads which are safe.

We are not stopping this campaign. We will stand together in this campaign and conduct this digitally as well as physically. I don’t want people to forget this after two days. I also demand compensation for the bereaved family, he said.

'Show patriotism by providing good roads'

Likith said that the officials concerned or representatives should show patriotism by providing good roads. "MCC is organizing a Rangoli competition. Why can't they provide good roads instead? One life has been lost. Is Rangoli very important? It’s a good thing to hoist the national flag on our houses. Even I love my country. The country is independent only when its citizens are safe and free. When roads themselves are in a pathetic state, what is the use of celebrating independence day?

'Aatish, a good civil engineer'

Aatish was a good civil engineer who was working very hard for a bright career. He lost his life because of bad roads. I have lost a good friend and his parents a son", lamented Likith.

Aatish did not live to see his distinction in BE

"Aatish was a very good civil engineering student and was awaiting his final year results. Aatish's result was out on August 10. He has scored 439 marks in five subjects with 87.8%," disclosed Likith.

Daijiworld had reported on the apathy of authorities where the same pothole was highlighted due to which Aatish lost his life. Since July 19, they have not been able to fill the pothole. The officials had to wait for a life to fill that particular pothole which they did only on August 11.

Joint commissioner hears grievance by lone protestor

MCC Joint commissioner Ravi Kumar heard the grievance by Likith. He assured that he will bring to the notice of the government and NHAI his grievance and ensure that such incidents do not repeat.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Alwyn, Vamanjoor

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    SJEC lost a very excellent Alumni. RIP Athish. May your soul rest in peace

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  • William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    There were few murders recently in our vicinity...for few the compensation and political support was magnanimous. Even Karnataka CM came down and visited the house of one of the deceased persons. Why this kind of partiality. Today not a word comes out from these VIPs...nobody is accountable. A young man of very bright future died. What a shock to his parents...No one can console them. We are in a state, where politics....religion...hatred is considered high than looking into the day today tragedies.

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  • Piad, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Please help the victims parents to sue the MCC for their negligence. We have to make MCC has to give the compensation to the victims family. Not only this incident but all pot hole related road accidents. Then only we can see better roads.

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  • Jaggu, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    I will support Aatish's family to sue MCC for negligence causing the death of their Son. When we pay taxes, it is the duty of the Corporation to provide basis needs to the citizens. People of Mangalore should wake up from their deep sleep and come to streets and protest.

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  • Laetitia Hazel Tauro, Padil , Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    I am a senior citizen. we have to support this youngster. Parents are under going the agony. No political parties will understand. We have to fight for the compensation. I salute you likith and pray their family gets justice.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    there should be one toll gate every 60 kms on national highways. Where does all the toll collected go? Everyone knows about 40%, may be others has a share in remaining 60%. Otherwise we would have had good quality roads without potholes for at least 5-10 years. Currently we get potholes within days or month of construction! Why are they eating money of tax payers and killing bike commuters????? Sinners and murderers!!!

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  • AJ, Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    ಯಾರೂ ಮಾತಾಡಲ್ಲ... ಈ ಸಾವಿನಿಂದ ಯಾವ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಕ್ಕೂ ಯಾವ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗೂ ಲಾಭವಿಲ್ಲ , ಒಬ್ಬ ಅಮಾಯಕ ಯುವಕನ ಸಾವು ಅವನ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ನಷ್ಟ  ಅಷ್ಟೇ.. ನಾಳೆ ಇನ್ನೊಬ್ಬ ನಾಡಿದ್ದು ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬ ಅದೇ ಗುಂಡಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದು ಸಾಯ್ತನೆ .. ಕಂಡವರ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಸತ್ತರೆ ನಮಗೇನು.... ಅಲ್ವಾ... ಸಹಿಸುವ ಅಭ್ಯಾಸವಾಗಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದೆ ಏನ್ಮಾಡೋದು😔 ನಾವು ಹಿಂದೂ ಮುಸ್ಲಿಂ ಕ್ರೈಸ್ತ ಆಟದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರತರಾಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಇದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರತಿಬಟಿಸಲು ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಯ.ಬುದ್ಧಿವಂತರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಅತಿ ಬುದ್ಧಿವಂತ ಮತದಾರರಿಗೆ ಜೈ!!!

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    I may sound harsh.... But onus is on us riders while negotiating in adverse weather conditions... Had he been slower and safer he would have still lived... We must condemn corrupt practices of city corporation.... But that alone is not the reason for this avoidable death... RIP to the young soul...

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  • AJ, Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Ohhhhh!!! Please stop!!! Do not carry bucket... It's too much... This is complete failure of administration... If you are a fan of BJP please keep it in your house... What you mean by speed... Do we need to travel in Bullock cart or by donkey....

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Saw a middle aged guy almost fall due to a big pothole in nanthoor junction today, his speed was less than 5kmph. You don't sound harsh you are the type of people who comment here without any real look on the situation

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    No use! Instead invite the PM or President to Mangalore and make them pass thru all the roads in Mangalore. Trust me all the roads will be smooth, shiny, well marked/painted and brand new overnight.

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    I am with you Likith. Appriciate your spirit. Keep up the good work. Our younger generation should learn from him .

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  • dcosta de kadri, Kadri mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Media is also silent on this matter. no guts to ask questions to mp and MLAs or Corporators, only fight and stupid galata for meat, beef, hijab, and what not. no proper debate on roads , safety only BS.

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  • Ajay, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Finally someone fighting for something that's worth of. While our whole society is fighting for unnecessary reareasons

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  • CA Ned DCunha, Mangalore/Chikmagalur

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    I am with you Likith. Appriciate your spirit. Keep up the good work.

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  • Kiran Dsouza, Bangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Hand over the country to UP CM Yogi Adityanath. All corrupt officials will go to jail, lose their jobs, wealth, properties in return to accountability.

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Who told you. ? He is no 1 corrupt

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  • sharath, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Desperate leftist looking for a break after 2024.

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  • A Concerned Citizen, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Corruption in UP is at its peak. Transfer-for-money scams have hit the PWD, and health ministries. More skeletons are waiting to tumble out of the closet

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  • Observer, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    He withdrawn his dozens of criminal cases immediately he was made CM. Now he target only particular minority community to destroy thier existence..

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  • Shirley Saldanha, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    I SALUTE you Likiith. really proud of your brave noble gesture We all stand with you my boy 👍👍 .

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Unless citizens come to the roads, the impact of bad governance will not be registered

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Our feku PM has a new gimmick “ har ghar Tirana” to divert minds of mass. Vote for peaceful life not for hate !

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  • Jeetu hegde, Mumbai

    Fri, Aug 12 2022

    Very sad...RIP athish.elected respresentives should be taken into task..from corporator to MLA and MP .because due to corruption they cannot take action against contractors who build poor roads. Why accountability of poor roads cannot taken and why contractors cannot be taken into task?.contractors roaming free,,coz they have buttered every one to get contract.

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  • Pinto, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 11 2022

    We need UP model against all the elected representatives. Confiscate their land.

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 11 2022

    True friend to Aatish. True friend to us too for standing up and raising your voice but I am not hopeful anything will change. But nevertheless thank you.Not only potholes, open manholes, open gutters line roads and pedestrian walk ways of our extra smart city.

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  • Dr KUSUMA KUMARI GUNJI MBBS DGO, Nellore Kodyadka

    Thu, Aug 11 2022

    Very sad We need to develop good roads so that accidents dont happen

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  • Vinay, DXB/IXE

    Thu, Aug 11 2022

    People please support this guy..movement like these only can save our country...

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