An Andhra Pradesh-registered car, driven in a rash and negligent manner, rammed into the wall of a public garden at Porvorim at 1am on Thursday, damaging an electricity pole and plunging the area into darkness.
While the car's occupants escaped unhurt, the impact was such that the car suffered extensive damage with pieces of it flying in different directions. The thud was heard over a hundred metres away.
While the accident report recorded by the Porvorim police has only the name of the driver, Suresh Nandivelugu of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, the police were unable to tell TOI how many people were present in the car at the time of the crash. People who gathered at the site after the crash said that the car driver was employed with a bank in Goa.
With the onset of the tourist season, Porvorim residents as well as motorists raised fears that lives of road users, especially two-wheeler riders and pedestrians, were at risk with several instances of drunk tourists driving their vehicles in a rash manner on Goan roads.
When TOI asked the Porvorim police on Thursday why no alcohol test was conducted on the car driver, head constable Ulhas Narvekar replied, "They weren't drunk, there was no smell (of alcohol)."
Porvorim police were also not forthcoming with any information with regard to the accident. Asked whether the FIR was registered, a police official said, "FIRs are not filed when there are no injuries."
PI Rahul Parab, though, promised that the case would be looked into. "I will check the legality and take action," he said. When asked which specific sections of law would apply, he replied, "Please trust the police."
TOI queried SP (traffic) Vishram Borkar whether Goa's traffic police will be asked to use alcometres to curb drunken driving this tourism season, to which he replied "That is the duty of the respective police station." Borkar said that traffic personnel were deployed and extra arrangements have been made for the tourism season. [TOI]