Pothole not the reason behind woman biker's death, says Maharashtra minister

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Talking to reporters in the legislative complex, Patil said that Bandra-resident Jagruti Hogale, was riding on the waterlogged slippery road, following which her bike slide and she fell down.

Viraj, her husband, told Mid-day newspaper that he blamed the authorities, not the truck driver, for what happened. "Unfortunately, the truck which was coming from behind hit Jagruti Hogale, killing her on the spot". Popular radio jockey Malishka Mendonsa recently incurred the wrath of the Shiv Sena which controls Mumbai's civic body for a satirical song on pothole ridden-Mumbai roads during the monsoon.

"All roads not under PWD, govt has ordered inquiry, we are taking note of all the incidents; Road fix can take place only after rains", said Mahashtra PWD Minister Eknath Sambhaji Shinde. Blacklisted contractors should not be given contracts of roads and highways.

Shockingly, police have registered a case of negligent driving against her, which is weird, because I don't think you can charge a person for a crime after their death, and certainly not for being negligent and causing their own death.

The incident which took place on the Jawhar-Dahanu road is the 4th reported incident this year.

Maharashtra Public Works Minister Chandrakant Patil on Tuesday morning claimed that 35-year-old woman bike rider Jagruti Hogale, who died on Jawhar-Dahanu road in the Palghar district near Mumbai on Sunday, didn't die due to potholes. "Had she swerved to the right, she probably could have been saved as she was wearing a helmet", Kasa assistant police inspector Jayprakash Gute was quoted by the Hindustan Times. Hogale, who belongs to an all-women biker club called the Bikerni Motorcycle Group, was heading for a weekend getaway along with two other friends. "She was a safe rider". The mother of a nine-year-old, she participated in marathons, trekking and played dhol. Inconsolable when Jagruti's pyre was lit, Urvashi Patole, founder of Bikerni said, "She was a part of several biking expeditions".

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