Kundaim mishap: JCB driver arrested


Ponda police on Thursday arrested a JCB driver on charges of rash and negligent driving, in connection with the fatal road accident that killed three persons at Mansher-Kundaim. 
It may be recalled that veterinary doctor, Ramesh Naik from Kundaim, Sandesh Devidas and Camilo Fernandes died late Wednesday evening after their two-wheelers had met with an accident at Mansher-Kundaim. 
Naik died on the spot whereas Devidas died on the way to hospital. Fernandes breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the GMC.
Villagers had suspected the involvement of a JCB (earthmover) in the accident and a complaint was lodged by Kundaim Panch Narayan Naik.
Acting on the complaint, Ponda police arrested the 25-year-old JCB driver, Shrikant Yadav, a native of Bihar but residing at Kundaim.
“I saw the JCB knocking down the scooter and the driver left the scene along with the JCB and proceeded towards the Kundaim IDC,” claimed Naik. 
Ponda police claimed that the JCB was attached late Wednesday night.
“The JCB was engaged on a contract basis in three different companies at Kundaim IDC. After villagers suspected a JCB’s involvement, a police team along with some locals conducted search at the Kundaim IDC. The JCB was attached late night after it was found at one of the locations in Kundaim IDC. We are investigating the possible involvement of the JCB in the accident,” said Ponda PI C L Patil.
Meanwhile, around 50 villagers from Kundaim and Banastarim gathered at the Ponda police station on Thursday to demand strict action against the JCB driver. 
When villagers raised queries about the alleged blood stains on the JCB machine, an expert from the Goa Forensic Laboratory was summoned by Ponda police to inspect the JCB. [H]