A head-on collision between a truck and a motor bike claimed the lives of two youth and left another youth injured, who is currently fighting for his life at the hospital.
The incident took place near the Sovabazar Metro station in the early hours of Sunday, when a speeding motor bike collided with a truck there.
The motor bike was coming from Ahiritola towards Sovabazar, and the truck, loaded with goods was coming from Central Avenue towards Shyambazar.
“20-year-old Bikas Thakur and 24-year-old Ritesh Sharma were taken to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, but were declared brought dead. Another youth, Dipak Shaw has been admitted to the hospital. The accused truck driver Shukti Bhakta was arrested,” said a police officer.
The youth were riding on the bike at a high speed and not wearing helmets. The truck too was being driven very fast towards the Shyambazar for delivery of goods. “Such incidents are still taking place at a time when the state government is promoting the ‘Safe drive Save life’ campaign,” rued a police officer.
“The youth were residents of Girish Park and were out at midnight for a joyride. They were without helmet and were speeding the bike. They even flouted traffic norms several times on that night,” the officer added. Meanwhile, the police have seized the truck and the bike. Family members of the youth were called to Burtolla police station.
Bikas was resident of Girish Park’s Ramesh Dutta lane, whereas Ritesh was resident of Maniktola lane of in the same area. The third youth, Dipak, is also the resident of Ramesh Dutta Lane.
“We have informed their parents about the incident. We have also informed that they had been driving the bike at a high speed and had flouted traffic norms. They did not have driving license too,” the officer added.
The locals, however, alleged that rash driving is common phenomenon in the stretch where the accident occurred. “The bikers speed off in their vehicles without seeing the traffic signals. It causes several accidents here,” complained a local resident.