Udupi: Reckless Driving – Youth killed on Spot, two others injured

Udupi: A 23-year-old youth was killed and two others were injured when a bus rammed into a fish truck at NH 66, Polipu Jumma Masjid near Kaup here on February 2.

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The deceased has been identified as Preetham Shetty (23) Son of Yadava Shetty resident of Poovaniguttu near Kaup.

According to the sources, Mookambika express bus which was plying from Mangaluru to Kundapur rammed into a Fish truck which was parked on the side of the road. Preetham Shetty who was travelling in the bus was killed on the spot, while two other passengers were injured.

The injured have been admitted to the hospital. The reckless driving by the bus driver is said to be the cause for the mishap. Locals gathered and protested against the reckless driving by the express bus drivers on the Nation Highway.

Kaup Police registered the case


  1. Only bus driver is not responsible> even parked truck also equally responsible. How can he park his big truck on highway. Doesn’t he has common sense? Its very tough to negotiate when u come from behind at speed and big vehicles like bus its very tough to control. I dont know why RTO and police not taking a strict action against those vehicles who park on middle of the highway

  2. Abdul said it correctly. DC Mr Ibrahim calls for safety meetings and instructs many things to follow for safety reasons. But RTO Inspectors do not care at all. I have stopped many times regarding safety violations but my efforts were like pouring water on the Rock. Nothing grows. One RTO Official told me bluntly that” Dying Persons Dies Anyway.” So according to Him now a dying Person is dead.
    1) Please look at the line of trucks, sometimes more than 25 Parked on Highway near Kankanady Police Station blocking the view of vehicles driving 100 km or more per hour speed. School Children are walking on Highway. I asked Kankanady Station police to remove them and they remove one or two just to please me. I have requested Ex Police Commisioner Mr Hithendra more than once but still they are there. Given in writing to DC and it was like bucket with hole. I have requested ACP Mr Uday Kumar and His answer is that the area is not Under Him.
    2. Look at the Trucks Parked near KPT Juction. Even Luxury Buses belongs to Ganesh Travels are parked on the edge of Highway. Cranes and Borewell drilling trucks are on side of Highway. But Traffic East do not remove them. If they do remove Political connection comes into effect. Buses belongs to who?
    3 Look at the Car Repair Garage near Sandesha and Nanthoor Circle on Highway. I have given in writing to DC during Safety meeting. Told to many Traffic Inspectors including Present Commissioners Office. I have told to Corporator Sabitha Misquith and Ex Mayor Marla. Still it was like spitting in the wind. Many times Cars are on half the Lane and repairs are going on.
    Public only jumps up and down when few lives are Lost. Amen

  3. Rammed into a Fish truck which was parked on the side of the road???? Side of the road or on the highway?? This is all too familiar!!!

    Where are the elected officials who are often seen at ‘udghaatana’ events? How come we don’t confront them? Instead, we seem to blame everyone else!! One can list a dozen safety issues within 15 mins of reaching mangaluru!! How come these officials act as if they are blind and not aware of these serious issues? Not sure why the elected officials are still given a pass for failing to confront these issues!! Is it because they belong to certain political party? Very depressing.

    • Where are the elected officials who are often seen at ‘udghaatana’ events? – Murudu Rampu

      They are giving ‘Bhashanas’ at ‘Maddyson Sq’ ya Rampu. To impress AKHANDA Bharatha vassi’s like YOU! 🙂 BUT, do you make a trip – except to sit by the beach in Murudu? Naaah… Enchina ya Rampa? 🙁

      ಪತ್ತ್ ವರ್ಷ ಬ್ಯಾನ್ paddDhina ಬಡ್ಡಿ ಅಸ್ಸಾಲ್ ಬರೋಡ್ಚ?

      Thoole.. ireg Tulu barpunde, dhanikle?

  4. very sad news, may his soul Rest In Peace….

    I request you to check with these bus drivers also long back i had word with one of the driver he told me that they have some 45min time to reach bus from Kundapur to udupi bus stop and some 1:15min time from Udupi to Mangalore. And this policy is made by bus Union along with RTO. If they fail to reach on time they will not allowed to enter Main Bus Stops and sometime whole Trip also, So over speed is not diver fault for his salary he forced to do that.

    So kindly check with RTO also And as double roads started in our city give some road / traffic tips to our people, Give sign board knowledge this is also important.

  5. The main thkng is that ,the government should apply traffic signals to this routes,from mangalore to udupi specially as soon as possible

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