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Speeding truck mows down 8-year-old

Kolkata: Tension ran high among the local residents at Ariadaha in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday morning after an 8-year-old boy was mowed down by a speeding truck.

Some local residents started an agitation to protest the incident and later they put up a road blockade near Belghoria flyover.

They protested against the rash driving of vehicles that often lead to road accidents, alleged a local resident.

The victim, Arghya Sil, was a Class-III student of a local primary school in Belghoria. He was going to his private tutor along with his grandmother, when the truck hit him from behind on Belghoria flyover.

The eyewitnesses told the police that the truck was moving at a high speed as a result the driver could not control the vehicle.

The victim died at the spot. The driver of the vehicle managed to flee immediately after the accident.

An irate mob ransacked the vehicle. An altercation also broke out between the local residents and the police who reached the spot after the accident.

The traffic movement in the area came to a standstill following the incident.

The agitation was later lifted through the intervention of the senior police officers.

The body of the victim was sent for the postmortem examination. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver of the vehicle.

In a separate incident, Arun Das (61), a resident of Charakdanga road suffered serious injuries after a state-owned bus on its way to the city from Mayapur hit him at the crossing of Raja Dinendra Street and Vivekananda road.

Local residents rushed him to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where he has been undergoing treatment. According to a hospital source, the injuries of the victim are serious.

Police have seized the bus while the driver is at large.

A detailed probe has

been initiated in both the incidents.

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