A police jeep allegedly drove into a vegetable trader, in a crosswalk on BF Road in Alipurduar, and then escaped from the spot.
The local rushed the wounded trader who was hit by jeep to the hospital. The infuriated locals put up a road blockade demanding the arrest of the accused driver, who was driving the vehicle.
Sanu Debnath, a 42-year-old trader, was riding his motor bike towards the market when he was hit by the jeep. He fell from his bike and suffered serious injuries.
The locals, who were the eye witnesses of the incident, said the jeep was speeding towards the market and the driver did not press any horn.
“It is a really shameful incident. The police are supposed to curb road accidents, but here, they are the killers,” local residents echoed in same voice.
A few months ago, the state government had initiated the campaign – “Safe drive save life”. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high level meeting in Nabanna on Tuesday to revive the present situation of the state in terms of road accidents. It may be mentioned that she had introduced the state wide “Safe Drive, Save Life” campaign a couple of months ago to ensure that people do not get killed due to road accidents.
Stating that reckless driving will not be tolerated, Banerjee said that a traffic norm violator will be booked on charges of murder “if situation suggests” that the person had killed someone purposefully by causing an accident. At the same time, driving and route permits will be cancelled if a person violates traffic norms thrice.
However, police have started investigation after the injured Sanu Debnath lodged complaint at local police station at in Alipurduar. The police have assured the local residents that the offender – the driver who was driving the jeep will be arrested. Police pickets were seen in the area after the incident.