Revisiting Swethanjali’s home

Revisiting Swethanjali’s home
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My daughter was very homely. She always used to be very quiet and was adorable. I can’t believe that fate had this in store for her. We are in shock, wailed an inconsolable Babu Rao, father of Swethanjali.

She wanted to pursue Engg, But her life was cut short

  • The family is still in shock
  • The van driver is in police custody

Swethanjali, the 17-year-old who was killed in  a road accident on Monday at AS Rao Nagar“My daughter was very homely. She always used to be very quiet and was adorable. I can’t believe that fate had this in store for her. We are in shock,” wailed an inconsolable Babu Rao, father of Swethanjali.

17-year-old Swethanjali, a first year MPC student of Toppers Junior College, was killed in a road accident on Monday at AS Rao Nagar, hardly 200 metres away from her home. Returning home after college, Swethanjali was driving a Honda Activa along with her friend Manisha when she lost control after the front tyre landed in a pothole. While her friend fell on the safer side of the road and suffered injuries, Swetha came under the wheels of a DCM van which was right behind her.

Swetha hails from a close-knit family who live in Shiva Sai Nagar close to Neredmet. Her father Babu Rao is a building contractor and her mother Sumathi is a housewife. Her 10-year-old sister Lohanya studies in class 6 in a school in Sainikpuri. As a teenager, Swetha had a close group of friends and was an avid dancer. She had won many awards in her school. Her aim was to pursue engineering and her parents backed her in all her endeavours. But the 17-year-old’s life was cut short tragically.

“I was away from home for a week in Ongole, our home town. I always used to drop and pick up Swetha from the college. In my absence, she used to commute by auto. Even on that day, she was driving Manisha’s bike as she wanted to collect some books. While coming back home…,” Babu Rao choked.

“I never forced my daughter to do anything against her wishes. The tragedy is unbearable. My family has been depressed and I had to bring them to my hometown to offer a change of mind. Swetha’s college I-Card is still lying in my house. It’s terrifying for me to get back home and look at it again,” moaned the father.

Swetha is just one of the many victims of road accidents in Cyberabad Limits. According to Cyberabad Traffic Police website, in the last one month alone over 50 deaths were reported due to road accidents. Investigation into Swethanjali’s accident revealed that the cops registered a case against the Khandelwal Ceramics Private Limited van driver and produced him in the court.

Investigating officer James Babu said, “The driver Habib has been produced in the Malkajgiri Court and remanded to police custody. The vehicle is insured and the Medchal company is ready to pay compensation. But the exact amount would be decided by the courts.”

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