Trying to avoid jackal on road, truck runs over bicyclist
A stone loaded truck tried to avoid a jackal which came suddenly in the middle of the road, and hit a bi-cycle on Bagzola Road of Baduria, North 24 Parganas which claimed life of a 35-year-old person.
The brother of deceased, who was the pillion rider of the bicycle, had a close shave. The infuriated mob ransacked the truck and later they set the truck on fire. They blocked the Bagzola Road for several hours on Saturday night which stopped the vehicular movement for a long time.
Police said Sokor Ali Mondal the bicycle rider was riding his cycle along the road and his brother Mominuddin was riding pillion.
A jackal suddenly came in front the truck, which lost control and hit the cycle.
Sokor Ali could not control the speed of his cycle as he suddenly turned his vehicle in the right side only to face a speeding truck which crushed him there.
Mominuddin, the brother of the victim fortunately fell on the other side, which saved his life. The driver of the truck and his aide soon escaped the spot.
The truck was ransacked and then set on fire by the locals there. People started to throw stones at the police who tried to calm down the situation.
“The rash driving claimed the life of the victim. It is a regular affair here. We expect some action by the traffic police,” said a local resident.
The resident of Kumadda village, Sokor Ali was an unemployed man. He was looking for a job. “He was going to get a security guard’s job nearby,” said one of the villagers.
Meanwhile, a huge police force reached there to control the situation. The force put the guard walls there to protect the area from the unruly mob.
It may be recalled that a 32-year-old woman was mowed down by a speeding truck at the same place a few months ago which spread tension in the area.
The woman was crossing the road when the truck hit her from the side. The driver fled the spot, but his vehicle was seized.
“We could not forget the incident. The traffic police promised us to take steps against unruly drivers. But they did nothing,” said a local resident.