A group of about 1,000 people resorted to violence in Loni area after a father-son duo was run over by a truck near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border on Saturday morning.
According to police, the accident took place around 7.30 am at Ganga Enclave when 35-year-old Atal Sharma and his son Divakar, riding on a motorbike, were heading to a market in Delhi. While Atal died on the spot, his 12-year-old son succumbed to injuries at a nearby hospital.
The driver of the truck managed to flee the spot after the accident, police said.
As the news spread in the area, locals gathered at the spot and staged a road blockade. Soon they went on a rampage and set afire at least six heavy vehicles belonging to construction material suppliers operating from the area.
“They were going to Gandhi Nagar in Delhi when their bike was hit by a speeding truck on Behta-Hajipur road,” Sharma’s wife Sheela Devi said.
The Behta road houses several offices of building construction material suppliers whose trucks and trolleys operate freely on the road and cause a nuisance in the area.
Locals allege that several accidents have taken place in the area due to the operation of heavy commercial vehicles.
Police said that the protesters set afire six trucks and several offices along the road. The spot is only a few metres away from the police post near the Loni border. The rioters, including women and children, pelted stones and fought a pitched battle with police personnel for over an hour.
A heavy police contingent was sent to the spot to control the mob. Several fire tenders were p ressed into service. Later, the victims’ family members and locals kept Atal’s body on the road and demanded stern action against the culprits responsible for the accident. The protesters moved only after senior officials reached the spot and assured them of speedy action in the case.
“The demand of victims’ family for compensation would be sent to state officials. An FIR has been registered on their complaint,” senior superintendent of police Nitin Tiwari said.
“We will also lodge a case against unidentified persons responsible for rioting and vandalism,” Tiwari added.
Police said that the whole incident had been video-recorded and strict action would be taken against the rioters after identifying them.