Five policemen were killed and three others injured in Bihar on Tuesday in separate road accidents that authorities had last year termed an “invisible epidemic” pervading the eastern state.
In Rohtas district, three policemen including a sub-inspector were killed and three others were injured critically when a speeding truck ran over them on national highway 2 near Sasaram.
The personnel from Shivsagar police station were part of a patrolling team trying to rescue a drunk motorcyclist who had met with an accident and fallen unconscious.
The truck coming from Dehri city amid dense fog hit them at about 1.30 am and turned turtle, but the driver and his helpers managed to flee from the spot.
The deceased policemen have been identified as sub-inspector Arun Kumar Ray, Special Auxiliary Police force jawan Umesh Kumar Thakur and driver chowkidar Ashok Tripathy.
The critically injured SAP jawans, Jarua Oraon, Sudhir Thakur and Baleshwar Prasad, were referred to Varanasi by doctors at a local hospital in Sasaram.
Police seized the truck bearing an Uttar Pradesh registration number and were getting details of the owner and driver, superintendent of police Pevrvez Akhtar said.
In another crash in Siwan district, two home guards were killed and as many injured when their jeep collided with a truck in the early morning purportedly because of low visibility in the Ziradei area, station house officer Dayanand Prasad said.
Those killed were identified as Bhagwan Tiwary and Mutur Ram. The men injured have been admitted to a local hospital, the SHO added.
The driver managed to escape with the truck.
(With inputs from agencies)