Seven dead, two rescued when a three-wheeler carrying them plunged into Tungabhadra canal near Bellary. An obvious question that springs to mind is, how come there were so many travelling in that autorickshaw ? We don’t get an answer in this 12-para news report. In fact, the question remained unasked by the reporter, even in a subsequent report.
Notably, the media report refers to a gallant rescue of the two women struggling in water. A passer-by promptly removed his dhoti and held it out as the lifeline that saved the two women from drowning . Rescue workers later recovered five bodies, four of which from inside the submerged autorickshaw. It was so over-crowded that, perhaps, they couldn’t get out , and tragically went down with the sinking vehicle. Maybe overcrowding was a factor that caused the accident. Maybe the driver lost control of the vehicle that plunged into the canal. Passengers, all women, were farm workers. The driver was among the dead.