Three persons including an elderly woman were killed in three different road accidents in the city in the past 24 hours.
Police said a 60-year-old woman Shefali Das was killed after being hit by a speeding truck at an intersection near Behala Sakher Bazaar on Tuesday morning.
The victim was a resident of KK Roy Chowdhury Road at Behala and the accident took place when she was returning home after meeting some of her relatives.
Police came to know from eye witnesses that the truck was at high speed and the driver couldn’t control the vehicles when he suddenly found the woman crossing the road.
The vehicle hit the woman and driver managed to flee with the truck.
Local people and police took the woman to Vidyasagar Hospital where she was declared brought dead.
The police initiated a search for the offending vehicles and the driver.
In another road accident, a 37 year-old-youth Rakesh Jaiswal was killed when an auto-rickshaw hit his motorbike on Rabindra Sarani at Jorabagan.
Police said that the incident took place at midnight when the victim, a resident of Ashu Bose Lane in Howrah, was returning from his office.
The speeding auto-rickshaw collided head-on with the motorbike. Rakesh, who was riding the bike, fell on the road. He received severe head injuries.
Local people rushed to the spot and found him lying in a pool of blood. They took him to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Police later arrested the auto-rickshaw driver Bikash Khatik from his residence and the vehicle was also seized.
In another late night incident, Dr Avijit Mondal was killed in a road accident on Sudder Street. Police said that Dr Mondal was returning home after some work when the accident took place. He was riding a scooty.
Police said that it seems that he didn’t much experience of riding two-wheeler and hit against a tree after failing to control his bike. Police took him to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that murder case would be initiated against a person if he/she is responsible for a road accident that claimed someone’s life.
The police, accordingly, initiated murder cases against drivers of offending vehicles.