Two children die in separate accidents
In two separate incidents, two children came under the wheels of speeding vehicles and died on the spot.
The first incident took place in South Kolkata's Taratala when an oil tanker hit a motorcycle from behind. An 8-year-old girl who was one of the riders, came under the wheels of oil tanker and was crushed to death on Friday night.
The second incident took place at M G Road where a private bus crushed a 6-year-old girl to death on Saturday morning. The motorcycle on which the girl was riding lost its control as a bicycle came in its way. The bike skid and the girl fell on the road. The private bus which was coming from behind crushed her on the road.
Cases were registered and police started investigation after both of the incidents. "There were four riders sitting on one motorcycle at Taratala. We learnt that none of the riders were wearing helmets. The bike flipped while passing over a pothole and the riders on the bike fell on the road. The speeding oil tanker crushed the girl, Tuhina, to death but the other riders survived," said a police officer.
The investigators also learnt that Tuhina's uncle was riding the bike as four of the family members including the victim were returning from a marriage ceremony at Behala. "They were heading towards their residence at Baranagar," the officer said.
At M G Road, the girl was riding with her parents. "The bike rider was actually trying to save the cyclist which
came in front of him but suddenly lost control. His bike skid and the riders fell on the road. The bus crushed the girl to death there," informed a police officer.
It was middle of the last year, when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a special drive to spread awareness on road accidents. It may be mentioned that a special road safety week was also observed recently across the state to check road accidents by creating awareness among more people.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched a state-wide awareness campaign 'Safe Drive, Save Live' to check road accidents that had claimed many lives. We have to spread this awareness campaign hard to stop such fatal road accidents," said Aroop Biswas, Public Works and Youth Services and Sports minister.