Residents of Behbalpur village in the district set a Haryana Roadways bus afire after another roadways bus ran over a youth, leading to his death on Monday.
The Chandigarh-bound bus hit a motorcycle that was crossing the road near Behbalpur. Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Isharwal village of Bhiwani district who was driving the bike, died on the spot while his friend Praveen Kumar was seriously injured in the accident. The latter was admitted to a private hospital in Hisar.
Villagers also blocked the Hisar-Chandigarh road via Barwala for more than three hours and demanded strict action against the bus driver and compensation for the family of the deceased and the injured.
Sources said Praveen and Sanjay are both married in Badapatti village in the district and had gone to meet their in-laws. On their return, they were coming to Sanjay’s sister house at Behbalpur when the accident occurred.
As the news of the accident reached Behbalpur, the villagers reached the spot and called up the police. The protesters alleged that the police and ambulance reached the spot after 40 minutes, which irked them. The villagers also alleged that when they were protesting on the road, Barwala SHO misbehaved with them.
Meanwhile, villagers set afire another Haryana Roadways bus, which was passing through the area. Later, fire tenders were called in which doused the flames. However, no one in the bus received any injuries.
Barwala deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rajbir Singh and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Prithivi Singh also reached the spot and tried to pacify the protesters.
DSP Rajbir Singh said, “The villagers complained that the SHO misbehaved with them. We will look into the matter. The villagers also demanded compensation for the family members of the deceased. Their demands will be forwarded to the government.”
Police sent the body of the deceased for postmortem at the civil hospital here.