A Sri Lankan tourist, critically injured after she was hit by a two-wheeler in front of a petrol pump at Khuldabad in Aurangabad, India died in a city hospital on Saturday night, the Times of India reported.
Assistant police inspector Abhijit More said the 64-year-old woman, Soida Buthkarne was a resident of Sri Lanka and had come to the city as part of a tourist group of 127 members. The group, mostly comprising of elderly couples, had come to the state on Thursday and visited the Ajanta caves.
“On Friday, they went to see the Ellora caves and were on their way back, when their buses halted near a petrol pump at Khuldabad for sugarcane juice at 3 pm. Some of the tourists went to the nearby toilet, while others started taking out the stoves they were carrying for cooking food. Buthkarne suddenly tried running to the other side of the road, and was hit by a speeding bike. She was soon rushed to the rural hospital, but when her condition deteriorated, she was taken to GMCH. She died while under treatment at around 8.30 pm on Saturday,” said a police officer.
The Khuldabad police have registered a case of negligent driving and causing death due to negligence against the two-wheeler rider Vishal Tatyrao Bali (21), a farmer hailing from Suli Bhanjan in the district, and have seized his two-wheeler.
“After finding that the tourists did not have enough finances to take back the body of the deceased, the Aurangabad rural superintendent of police Navinchandra Reddy contributed Rs 22, 000 from his pocket, which prompted some civilians and even the MTDC to help them take her back to her country,” an officer said.
The Aurangabad rural police in coordination with the Sri Lankan embassy has made arrangements for the same. (Colombo Gazette)