In India, political or public protests against a government decision are frequently reported in the news. People frequently use unusual or distinctive protesting techniques as well to get the attention of the authorities. Rallies on motorcycles and in automobiles are a common sight and take place at numerous planned protests. Recently, several two-wheelers collided with each other during one of these bike rallies that was organised as part of a protest after a toll booth barrier fell on a rider. This is how the accident played out as seen on video.
MediaoneTV Live has posted the video to their YouTube channel. A sizable crowd is seen taking part in a protest in this video. Fishermen in Thiruvananthapuram organised the protest against the Kerala government. A bike rally was organised as a part of the protest, and during this protest, about 2,000 people gathered with their cars. The report states that two-wheeler riders took the lead in the protest, followed by three- and four-wheelers.
Bikes and scooters began smoothly passing through toll booths as the rally drew near them. The toll barriers were removed to allow the protesters to move through freely. The majority of riders lacked proper helmets, and as one scooter rider approached the toll gate, the barrier abruptly collapsed. The rider immediately lost control when the barrier came off of him. The scooter riders behind him immediately slowed down to prevent a collision after he struck the scooter next to him. It appears that a woman who was riding as the pillion fell to the ground. On the Thiruvallam-Kovalam toll plaza, the incident took place. She and the rider were incredibly fortunate that people coming from behind stopped their vehicles in time. If not, they would have suffered some serious injuries.
How the barrier on a single toll booth collapsed is unclear. This problem wasn’t present at other gates. The report makes no mention of whether it was a system error or a human error. Two of the three injured parties were treated at the hospital for minor wounds, and the rider who was struck on the head by the boom barrier is still receiving care there.
The rider and the passenger were fortunate that the cars behind them came to a complete stop. They were both not wearing helmets, which is required when riding a two-wheeler. Fishermen, there have expressed concern about the port’s construction in Vizhinjam. They forced Adani Ports to halt construction as part of the protest because trucks and other vehicles carrying building supplies were unable to access the construction site. Locals in the area have been complaining about how the government is currently operating and asserting that the government has disregarded their demands and that the new port will endanger their lives.