Ranjan was the driver of the BMW car that collided head on with a Ford Eco Sport, which the victims were driving. The police had initiated a suo moto case in this connection and arrested the driver, who had also received minor injuries. Ranjan was, however, granted bail when produced before a court in Midnapore Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) has taken up a slew of projects to ensure that not any type of vehicle is allowed to be driven on the sea beach at Mandarmani following Sunday’s accident in which three youth from Kolkata were killed. This comes at the time when Raja Mondal, officer-in-charge of Mandarmani Coastal police station, was taken off from active duty and the police arrested Dipesh Ranjan,
While the police are probing to find out that what had actually led to the incident and who had allowed the youth to drive their cars on the beach, the DSDA has decided to set up a parking lot at Mandarmani. The step has been taken to ensure that people get to arrive on the beach only after parking their vehicles at the earmarked place. Along with setting up of the parking lot, there will be security personnel on duty to make sure people park their vehicles at a particular place and then proceed to the beach.
From Monday, not even hand pulled rickshaws will be allowed to ply on the beach. The places through which vehicles used to get access to get to the beach have been cordoned off. Policemen were seen patrolling the area round-the-clock. Initiative has also been taken to set up surveillance cameras to keep a watch on the activities on the beach.
Sisir Adhikari, DSDA chairman and local MP, said that their first target is to maintain the ecological balance of the beach. Hence the aforementioned steps were taken to stop plying of vehicles on the beach.
It may be mentioned that a 300 km long marine drive from Digha to Mandarmani is on the verge of completion. Sources said that some local people have objected to the construction of around 300 metres of this road. It is the same area through which vehicles are able to enter the beach. The local people have purportedly created a problem by starting pisciculture after filling up a low-lying land in that 300m area. The problem of vehicles entering the beach would be solved if the construction work of the road is complete. The road is expected to be finished before the Puja.