Hyderabad was witness to yet another freak accident involving an autorickshaw, on Tuesday, making it the second such incident in less than a week.
A video doing the rounds on social media shows a woman being dragged on the road by an autorickshaw. According to reports, she was dragged for over half a kilometre in Attapur, before the autorickshaw stopped.
On Sunday, 48-year-old Jangaiah, a daily wage labourer, died while he was crossing the road at Shamshergunj, after the front fork of a speeding three-wheeler was lifted in the air and hit him in the chest.
The autorickshawâ€™s front jumped into the air after the wheel suddenly got detached, and Jangaiah was crushed under the vehicle.
The man succumbed to his injuries even before bystanders could realise what had happened. The accident was caught on a CCTV camera covering the area.
Following the incident, the police have begun a crackdown on autorickshaws flouting the rules.
â€śA special drive will be launched in coordination with the local Traffic police. We will check driving licences, RCs, and fitness certificate and remove music systems,â€ť Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) V Satyanarayana told Telangana Today.
Such freak accidents most often occur with 'share autos' or 'trip autos', which overcrowd passengers in the vehicle.
These vehicles are supposed to seat only four or seven people including the driver, depending on the size of the auto. However, they often seat nearly twice this number.
Since the 'shared' auto fare is less than or equal to that of a bus ticket, people also crowd in willingly.
In such a situation, the ever-increasing population of autorickshaws is seen as cause for concern.
According to reports, Hyderabad had over 1.2 lakh autorickshaws plying within its limits by the start of 2016.
Watch the video here.