Bengaluru: Pothole claims lives of elderly couple; grandchild hurt

Bengaluru: Pothole claims lives of elderly couple; grandchild hurt
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The same old story The recent rains have deteriorated the condition of various roads in the city as can be witnessed by this picture where potholes are everywhere on Ring Road.Photo:Laeeq

BengaluruThe pathetic road conditions in Bengaluru claimed the lives of a scooter borne couple on Tuesday, while their granddaughter escaped with minor bruises on Mysuru road.

Police said Anthony Joseph (55) and his wife Sagai Mary (52) were on their way home on their scooter with their six-year-old granddaughter from St Johns Hospital, where they had taken her as she was running a fever.

On the Mysuru Road flyover, Joseph applied sudden brakes on seeing a huge pothole and lost control of his two wheeler. A speeding bus of Tamil Nadu road transport corporation coming from behind hit their vehicle, killing them on the spot.

Their granddaughter escaped with minor injuries.

After the accident the driver fled the spot, said police.

Police seized the bus and launched a manhunt for the driver.

The incident drew sharp criticism from the public as well as the opposition BJP for the pathetic condition of roads.

BJP leader N R Ramesh alleged that there was a large-scale ‘road repair scam’ in the Congress ruled Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).