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Fuming over woman’s death, villagers block NH 1

chandigarh Updated: Sep 12, 2012 14:27 IST
Sat Singh
Sat Singh
Hindustan Times
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Over a dozen vehicles were torched by angry protesters on Tuesday night, after the villagers of Sera near Kundli village of Sonepat district, who were protesting death of a 32 year old woman, turned violent.

The victim, who has been identified as Sushma Devi, was crushed to death by a rashly driven truck while she was going to market for shopping with her husband Ranjit Singh on bike. Her husband escaped unhurt while she died on the spot.

Somehow, the deceased’s husband managed to climb on the truck, and with the help of policemen, managed to catch the fleeing truck driver, 10kms away from the accident spot.

Alleging nuisance created by truck drivers of Kundli industrial town, residents of Sersa village gathered near Kundli village and blocked national highway-1 for more than two hours.

The protesting villagers demanded a blanket ban on the trucks plying on the road and a compensation of Rs.25 lakh for the victim’s family.

Meanwhile, some protesters torched down over a dozen trucks standing at the national highway 1, but later they refused their involvement in torching the vehicles and said that the vehicles were burnt by two trucks groups.

Only after the assurance of Sonepat SSP Arun Nehra, protesters lifted the blockade from the national highway. Police registered a case against truck driver after taking him into custody.

Though the police diverted the traffic as a precautionary measure, yet several vehicles plying on the national highway faced discomfort due to the blockade.