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Speeding truck knocks down rickshaw puller, locals protest in Malda

The agitation continued for more than two hours till a huge contingent of police reached the area and dispersed the mob

Kolkata: Locals put up a blockade near Bhalluk More under Harishchandrapur police station in Malda with the body of a 37-year-old man, who was mowed down by a speeding truck. The incident triggered tension in the locality on Sunday morning.
A scuffle broke out between the police and locals when the former reached there to lift the block. The agitation continued for more than two hours till a huge contingent of police reached the area and dispersed the mob. The body was sent to a nearby hospital for post-mortem examination.
Police said the victim, a van-rickshaw puller, was carrying some vegetables to a local market when the truck hit him from behind. He was crushed under the wheels of a speeding truck.
Locals rushed to the spot and found the victim dead.
They started protesting against the rash driving of the vehicle. Senior police officer rushed to the spot to pacify the mob. The driver of the truck and its helper had, meanwhile, fled the spot immediately after the incident leaving the vehicle on the spot. Police seized the vehicle and are conducting raids to nab the accused driver and helper.
The locals allege that police do not take any step against the vehicles that flout traffic norms resulting in road accidents. The road block was lifted by the locals after the senior police officers assured that they would take steps to check the rash driving of vehicles. Police have started a probe in this regard.
The locals also alleged that the accident happened as the driver lost control over the vehicle.
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