Well known Kumaoni folk artist and singer Pappu Karki is no more.
He succumbed to his injuries in a road accident in the early hours of June 9. Karki was killed on the spot, it is learnt. He was on the way back from a concert with five others when the incident took place.
The team was returning from a remote place of the State named Okhalkanda after a concert when they met with an accident. Their car tossed and turned on the road and got damaged, killing him instantly. The place of accident is about 40 km from Nainital.
It is said that the driver lost control of the car, which ultimately went turtle and fell into a gorge. It was at around 5 AM. The passers-by called for an ambulance, which took an hour to reach and only then the survivors could be taken to a hospital.
Besides Karki, Rajendra Gonia (26) and Pushkar Gonia (25) too lost their lives. Two other passengers, named Ajay Arya and Jugal Kishore, have been admitted to the hospital and said to be responding to the treatment.
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, condoled the bereaved families on Twitter and expressed his grief over losing the life of talented singers.
It is said that road accidents in Uttarakhand have killed 77 persons and left more than 100 injured in just the first month of the year. Though 133 road accidents had been recorded in the state in January, the highest number of casualties, i.e 23 cases were reported from Udham Singh Nagar district alone. Haridwar had 15 deaths while Nainital recorded 11 deaths. In this period only in Dehradun, 10 people were killed in road accidents.
ADG law and order Ashok Kumar, IPS claims that rash driving, drunk driving and overloading were the main reasons behind most of the road accidents. “The accident data for the last three years points to speeding, drunk driving and overloading as main factors behind road accidents,” he said.
He informed that several measures have been put in place to put a check on recurrence of such incidents. An order has been issued to all district police heads to ensure that a superintendent of police rank police officer needs to visit the accident site where two or more causalities have taken place. It is said that last year alone, 942 people had lost their lives in road accidents there. During the year of 2016, these roads had claimed 962 lives.