K Ragupathi, 32, a software engineer who was visiting India from the United States, died tragically in Coimbatore. The bike he was riding first hit an illegal wooden structure put up by AIADMK, a political party from Tamil Nadu. Upon hitting the wooden structure, Mr. Raghupathi lost balance and fell off the motorcycle. A truck coming from the wrong way is said to run over him, killing him on the spot. The accident happened at 2:30 AM on 25th November. Mr. Raghupati was said to be wearing a helmet during the accident.
The software engineer, who was working in the United States, had returned to India to look for a bride. The accident happened near the Coimbatore Medical College on Avinashi Road. The wooden structure was put up by AIADMK to welcome the Tamil Nadu chief minister, Edapaddi K Palaniswami.
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Coimbatore corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan has said that no permission was given to the political party for erecting the wooden structures. The structure has since been razed down by the city corporation.
Karthik, Raghupathi’s family friend, said this,
The accident took place on Saturday early morning, it happened due to the wooden cut-out that had been placed, first he hit that and fell, then a lorry ran over him. He was on his way to visit Murugan temple in Palani. He was just 31-years-old, this has happened because of the negligence of the government. The MGR celebration is on December 3, why have they put the cut-outs on November 25 itself? Action against the people who put these cut-outs.
Coimbatore city police commissioner K. Periaiah, in a press release, has stated that the CCTV footage recovered showed a truck coming from the wrong side of the road hitting the biker. The truck driver, Mohan, has been arrested. However, the press release does not mention anything about the illegal wooden structure.