RAKSHA BANDHAN fervor was marred by road rage, claiming six lives including those of a 10-year-old boy and two teenage girls in different parts of the State Capital on Wednesday.
A rashly driven tempo crushed a 10-year-old boy to death on busy Aishbagh Road in front of Circle Officer (CO), Bazar Khala’s office on Wednesday morning.
Angered by the death, residents staged a blockade leaving traffic stranded for over two hours. The mob was demanding for an ex-gratia payment and arrest of the driver, who escaped in the melee.
Meanwhile, five others, including two teenage girls were killed in separate road mishaps in different parts of the city.
The first incident took place when Nasim (10), a resident of Habib Nagar locality and a student of madarsa Azizul Minai nearby, was crossing the road along with his brother Munna around 11.30 am. A speeding tempo (UP 32 BN-2363) coming towards Eidgah Road from Charbagh hit Nasim.
Nasim was dragged under the wheels of the tempo and was crushed to death on the spot. By the time shopkeepers and residents could react, the erring driver fled the scene. The victim’s father, Syed Rashid Ahmed, a taxi driver, was informed about the incident later.
An enraged mob put the body outside the CO’s office and staged a road blockade demanding an ex-gratia payment and arrest of the accused. The blockade was removed only after ACM VI assured agitators of a compensation of Rs 20,000 and arrest of the erring driver soon.
In the second incident, Jaishree Tiwari (17), who was staying at her maternal uncle’s home at New Gulistan Colony in Chinhat, was crossing the road near Anand Motors on Faizabad Road when a Tata Sumo hit her in the evening. The girl suffered head injuries and died on the spot. The erring driver fled the scene.
Yet another teenage girl was killed when a truck (UAN-9101) hit the motorcycle she was riding along with a family friend Kailash in Mohanlalganj. The girl identified as Anju of Hindukhera village, Banthara, was going to Razzakpur village in Mohanlalganj to visit Kailash’s sister, when the incident took place. Kailash too suffered serious injuries, while the erring driver escaped leaving the truck back on the spot.
Meanwhile, Jagdish Kaur (53) of Aashiana Colony, was going along with her husband Bhajan Singh on a motorcycle. The couple had reached the Power House crossing in Aashiana when a truck (UP 32 AM-7889) hit the mobike. The woman was thrown on the road and the truck crushed her to death. Bhajan Singh too suffered injuries. The erring driver Santosh was later arrested.
In the fourth incident, Ramesh Dayal (67) of MDL-186, LDA Colony, Kanpur Road, was driving home on a Scooty (UP 32 AJ-4611) when a vehicle hit him near Mawaiya railway over-bridge. Dayal died on the spot following head injury. The erring driver could not be traced.
In another incident, a truck (UP 32 T-1120) killed an unidentified labourer on Sitapur Road in Madiaon. The driver was arrested.
Truck driver arrested
THE SAROJININAGAR and the crime branch sleuths arrested a truck driver along with consignment of scrap worth Rs 3 lakh on Wednesday. The accused had duped owner of Singhal Steels at Nadarganj by not delivering consignment of 29 tonnes of scrap worth about Rs 5 lakh to the assigned destination on July 12.
The truck driver had criminal antecedents and over eight cases including that of Goonda Act were pending against him.
The factory authorities had lodged an FIR with the local police station stating that they had hired a truck (UP 32 AH-6348) owned by Jageshwar Singh alias Fauji to carry a consignment of scrap from the factory on July 12. The consignment had to be delivered at Muzaffarnagar.
The factory staff started inquiring for Fauji when the truck did not reach to the destination even after several days. After they failed to trace Fauji they lodged an FIR.
While the cops were searching for the accused, they were tipped-off about Fauji’s movement on Bijnore-Banthara Road on Wednesday. They laid a trap and caught Fauji driving a truck (UP 35 A-8071) near engineering institute. The truck was loaded with 20 tonnes of scraps.
Fauji revealed that the truck, which carried scraps from the factory, had fake numbers. Fauji, along with the truck driver Idrish and cleaner Sarvesh had sold off a small part of the consignment in Kanpur soon after leaving the factory. He was carrying remaining consignment on Wednesday when he was trapped.
The cops also seized Fauji’s car (UP 32 AC-1102) used in the crime.