A class XI student of a reputed school, who was taking a joy ride along with four of his class friends, ran over and injured three girls of a local college near Nazrul Mancha on Southern Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
The girls were first eve-teased and the driver, in his bid to zig zag the vehicle, lost control and hit the girls. The incident sparked tension in the area as large number of local people gathered there and demanded stern action against the student.
Those who received injuries are: Debolina Roy (20) of 23A/2 Ram Krishna Sarani in Behala, Soma Chanda (20) of 14/1 Asgar Mistri Lane and Sudeshna Sarkar (20) of 3/1 Hemchandra Mukherjee Lane. All of them were students B Com 1st year at Basanti Devi College and were rushed to AMRI hospital. "Their condition is very critical and were admitted at the emergency ward," a hospital personnel said.
Deputy commissioner of police, south Kolkata, Ajoy Kumar said, "Five students were traveling in a red colour Alto. The vehicle numbered WB02-51131 has been seized and taken to the police station."
All the accused students including Abhishek Saha of Bansdroni, Depayan Rai of 13 Santishpur Avenue, Deep Roy, Aniruddha Gupta and Utsav Dutta of 21/2H Manoharpukur Road were arrested and remanded to police custody in the Lake police station.
Police said the incident took place at around 2 pm when the students were having a joy ride in an inebriated state. They spotted the girls walking down the road near Nazrul Mancha.
"The students inside the car passed lewd comments at the girls and started driving the vehicle in a zig-zag manner. While they were teasing the girls Utsav lost control on the vehicle and hit the girls," sub-inspector of special branch Santosh Karmakar who rescued the victims said.
The girls were crushed under the wheels and were seen writhing in pain. Soon after the incident Karmakar along with a team of the officer chased the students and managed to arrest four of them. Utsav, who fled away soon after the incident, was later arrested from his house.
"When I rushed to the spot I saw the girl students lying in a pool of blood. After few minutes they lost their consciousness. I alerted the police station and rushed them to the hospital," Karmakar said.
The scene was horrific as the area was smeared with blood and pieces of flesh. Angry local people tried to damage the car but were prevented by the local police after an assurance from the officers that stern action will be taken against the accused.
The victims' family members were informed and all of them rushed to the hospital. Debolina's father Arun Kumar Roy was seen tense and refused to comment about the incident.
In one corner of the hospital Sudeshna's father Santosh Sarkar was seen crying. "If something happens to my daughter then I wont spare the accused persons. In the morning she was so happy and went to her college. I am still finding it difficult to believe she met with such a gruesome accident," Santosh said.
On the other side Utsav father Subrata who was seen sitting worried at the police station refused to comment in the matter. "The students were in an inebriated state. For official formalities we sent all of them for medical tests. Adequate action will be taken against them as per law," a local police officer said.
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