3 killed, 28 injured in 3 separate accidents
Kolkata: Three persons were killed and 28 others have been injured in three separate road accidents on Friday.
Tension broke out near Haldia in East Midnapore on Friday morning after an irate mob went on a rampage, ransacking a police kiosk following a road accident in which a school teacher was killed.
The mob also set the police kiosk on fire, complicating the situation further. Local residents also put up a road block with the body of the victim, alleging that traffic signals do not work properly, which often lead to road accidents. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Senior police officers also rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the mob. The latter, however, seemed unmoved by the appeals of the senior police officers. A quarrel also broke out when some local residents staged a protest demonstration in front of the police officers, holding them responsible for Friday's accident.
A police picket has been installed at the accident site as tension was prevailing in the area. The accident took place at the Radhamani bus stop area on National Highway 41 connecting Haldia with Mecheda.
The victim has been identified as Tuhin Bhattacharya (45), who was trying to cross the road when a speeding bus knocked him down. A teacher of Raghunathbari High School, Bhattacharya was crushed under the rear wheels of the bus.
Local residents rushed to the spot and found the victim lying dead. They started a road block with the body, leading to a complete shutdown of traffic movement. The bus driver fled from the spot along with the vehicle, immediately after the accident.
In the second incident, two persons have been killed and eight others injured on early Friday morning when a truck they were travelling in overturned after being hit by a speeding bus at Roypur area under Malda police station. Two of the injured persons are stated to be in critical condition.
Police said that the victims were carrying paddy in the truck on Thursday when a tyre of the bus got punctured and it hit the truck coming from the opposite direction. The truck driver applied sudden brake, resulting in the overturn of the vehicle. Local residents rushed the injured victims to a nearby hospital where two were declared brought dead.
In the third accident, 20 people who were travelling in a bus along the Panskura-Ghatal Road received injury, some of them critically, when the bus rammed into a truck from behind after its driver applied emergency brake to save a cyclist who came in-front of the truck.
The accident took place at around 11 am on Friday. Police said that the truck was going to Panskura. The truck driver had applied sudden brake when he saw a cyclist come in front. The truck stopped with a jerk but the bus which was coming behind it, lost its control and hit the truck.
Local residents rescued the injured passengers and rushed them to a hospital in Panskura where many of the victims were undergoing treatment. Police recovered the two vehicles after the accident. There was a traffic jam in the area for an hour but the situation was soon brought under control by the police and traffic movement resumed.