On 1 July, engineering student K Shravil and his friends got into a car and sped on the Banjara Hills main road, crashing into a road divider before landing on a car on the opposite side of the road.
His action led to killing of members from three generations of the same family including a child.
Shravil, underaged, was drunk. He and his friends had just been served liquor in the TGIF bar in the upscale Banjara Hills area.
The authorities, according to an NDTV report, have now taken action and cancelled the licence of the bar penalising the pub for serving alcohol to an underage person/persons and also for not checking credentials i.e. age proof before serving alcohol.
This welcome step should go a long way in curbing tragedies caused as a result of drunken driving especially amongst underage youth. In this case K Shravil is alleged to have wiped off three generations of a family. 35-year-old P Rajesh, who was driving the other car, died on the spot. His niece Ramya, 10, was on life support for nearly 10 days before she died in hospital. Rajesh’s father P Madhusudanachary, who was fractured in his backbone and ribs, also died as a result of his injuries.
Rajesh and his wife Shilpa were to leave for the US the next day along with their 3-year-old son. A distraught Shilpa questions,”Why has the excise department woken up so late, after our family is destroyed? Wasn’t it always illegal to serve liquor to minors?”
Little Ramya’s image became a poster image from the tragic car crash that shocked not just Hyderabad but also the rest of the country. Amidst public rage, Telangana’s excise department has gone on a drive against bars and pubs serving liquor to underage customers and has warned of legal consequences.
Also, the police have threatened to inform schools and colleges if students are caught drinking in bars or pubs or on the road.
Even if those drinking legally permitted to drink are caught driving, their workplace will be informed.