An angry crowd of local residents spilled onto the streets at Ganpati Chowk in Kalyan as news of an 11-year-old boy’s death spread in the locality.
The student was crushed under a speeding truck at Ganpati Chowk on Saturday.
Traffic ground to a halt for nearly four hours as locals blocked the Kalyan-Agra Road.
And as the police tried to dispel the crowd by caning protesters, the irate mob retaliated by pelting stones.
In the melée that ensured, five people were injured and four vehicles damaged.
“Madhav Samudrakar was riding a bicycle when a speeding truck knocked him down,” said an eyewitness, Suresh Kadam, an MTNL employee.
Samudrakar was a Class 6 student of Oak Baug school. Both his parents are employees of Mantralaya.
Four months ago, a Class 12 student, Ajinkya Joshi, died in an accident at the same spot.
“This is the 28th accident on this road in the last five years,” said local Member of Legislative Assembly Ravindra Chavan.
“Although there are five schools in the locality, the Traffic Department has not put up indicators directing vehicles to go slow.”
Chavan said that since a decade locals had been demanding that heavy vehicles be diverted on the outer road, but the traffic police still allowed trucks to ply on the crowded Kalyan-Agra Road.
“We will issue a fresh order restricting entry of vehicles headed to Panvel on this road,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Bhujangrao Shinde.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s member of Legislative Assembly Prakash Bhoir has demanded the suspension of Assistant Commissioner of Police B.E. Barkade, who had ordered the caning on the protesters.