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Road rage triggers vandalism

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 00:06 IST

Girl dies on the spot,  Another battles for life at hospital, Students damage three UPSRTC buses

RASH DRIVING by an Agra-bound UPSRTC bus hit two girl students of National PG College leaving one dead and another critically injured on Vidhan Sabha Road in Qaiserbagh on Wednesday morning.

An angry mob of college students went on the rampage damaging three city (UPSRTC) buses and causing traffic chaos on busy Ashok Marg in Hazratganj and Vidhan Sabha Road for over three hours.

City bus drivers too retaliated and blocked the road near Nishatganj demanding arrest of the unruly students who damaged the buses.

Hazratganj police arrested two students following an FIR lodged by a driver. 

The incident took place around 8 am when Tulika Kaushal (17) of Naya Gaon and Divya Guglani of Sunderbagh—both B Com Ist year students of National Collegee—left home for their college on a scooty (UP 32 BK-9295). Tulika was driving the vehicle Divya was on back seat.

The girls had reached the petrol pump near Charan Hotel when the driver of a UPSRTC bus (UP 85 K-9947) hit the scooty in a rash bid to overtake another bus.

The smash was so strong that Tulika and Divya were thrown off on the road and Tulika fell right in front of the speeding bus. Her head was crushed under the wheels and she died on the spot.

Divya, who fell a few yards away, escaped getting crushed but sustained critical head injuries. Indu Bala, a teacher of their college, who was passing by the road, identified the students. She called up college principal SP Singh and the police. The cops rushed Divya to the SPM (Civil) Hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile, the driver was chased, caught by some youths and handed over to the police after beating him up. 

On the other hand, a mob of college students hearing about the incident
created a ruckus near Lakshman Mela intersection. They damaged a UPSRTC bus. The group later walked to the busy Siqanderbagh crossing and damaged another  UPSRTC bus of Barabanki Depot and then a city bus. The students moved towards Nishatganj and damaged a couple of buses including a newly launched CNG bus.

“All the tests including CT scan, X-ray have been carried out and the reports are awaited,” said a doctor while the family members rushed to the hospital.

According to Harish, Divya’s brother both, Tulika and her sister were good friends.

“Tulika used to pick Divya from our house at Sunderbagh regularly. This morning too she came and both went together. A few minutes later we received a telephone about the tragic incident,” he said. SP Singh informed the college students about the incident after which a condolence meeting was held on the college campus. The college was closed after that.