Mangaluru: The national highway authority of India on Thursday issued a circular revising the rates of tollgate at Hejamady due to the merger of the Surathkal tollgate with the Hejamady tollgate.

"Based on the continuous request/demand by the Government of Karnataka, local public/VIP references, the Competent Authority has accorded Approval for the merger of Surathkal Toll plaza @ Km. 358.042 (near NITK, Campus on NH-66) of New Mangalore Port Road Connectivity with adjacent Hejamadi Toll Plaza @ Km. 347.180 of NH-66 falling under the BOT(Toll) project of Concessionaire, M/s Navayuga Udupi Tollway Pvt. Ltd. Accordingly, the user fee (toll) for Surathkal toll plaza will now be charged at Hejamadi Toll plaza by adding toll fee for both the stretches and present user fee rates." The circular added.

The NHAI also stated there might be chances of a law and order situation at the Hejamady tollgate and urged the authorities to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.

In view of the above facts, it is requested to provide necessary District Administration assistance/support including Police Protection. Please ensure that there will not be any law & order issues at Hejamadi Toll Plaza" the circular further read.

A car was being charged Rs. 60 for a one-way pass at the Surathkal toll gate and it was being charged Rs. 40 at the Hejamady toll gate. After the latest circular, a collective Rs. 100 will be charged for a car at the Hejamady toll gate for a single trip. Similarly, buses and trucks (two axles) were being charged Rs. 210 at the Surathkal toll gate and Rs. 145 at the Hejamady toll gate which is now revised to Rs. 355.

Heavy construction machinery, Earth Moving Equipment, and MultiAxle vehicles were being charged Rs. 325 at the Surathkal toll while being charged Rs. 225 at the Hejamady toll, with the issuance of the circular it is now revised to Rs. 550 at the Hejamady toll gate.

Light commercial and light goods vehicles were being charged Rs. 100 at the Surathkal toll and Rs. 70 at the Hejamady toll which has now been revised to Rs. 170 at the Hejamady toll gate.

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Kanpur (UP), Dec 3: A 17-year-old vegetable vendor lost his leg after being run over by a train while he was collecting his belongings allegedly thrown on a track by police personnel during an anti-encroachment drive here.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Dhull told PTI that Head Constable Rakesh Kumar has been placed under suspension.

Police initiated an inquiry after several purported videos surfaced online showing the boy lying on the tracks asking for help as policemen and people try to rescue him, a senior official said.

"Prima facie, it appears Kumar showed negligent behaviour," Dhull said, adding that Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kalyanpur) Vikas Pandey has been asked to conduct the inquiry and submit a report at the earliest.

Police personnel had thrown a container of the victim, identified as Arsalan alias Irfan of Rawatpur area, and when he had gone on the railway track to pick it up, he was run over by a train on Friday, Dhull said.

Arsalan lost his right leg and suffered serious injuries to his left leg. He was taken to the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital from where he was shifted to the SGPGIMS where a surgery was performed on Saturday, he said.

Dhull confirmed that several purported videos of the incident have gone viral and police are trying to obtain the mobile clips and pictures. These will help police to establish the sequence of events, he said.

Interacting with reporters, a local, who identified himself as Mohammad Shanu, claimed that the victim lost his leg after being hit by a train when he was collecting his weighing scale thrown on the tracks by police during an anti-encroachment drive.

The victim's father Saleem, an auto-rickshaw driver, told media persons that his son's leg were severed on the spot.