Four persons were killed and two injured when a speeding dumper hit an autorickshaw near the IFS colony in Greater Noida around 5.15am on Tuesday. The passengers were travelling to the vegetable market in Noida Phase-2, the police said.
The police said that the erring driver fled from the spot along with the vehicle. Two of the injured were rushed to a private hospital in Greater Noida for treatment. The area falls under the jurisdiction of Kasna police station.
“The four persons who died are aged between 25 years and 40 years. Their bodies were sent for post-mortem examination. Two other persons sustained injuries in the accident. The driver of the dumper fled with the vehicle. An FIR has been lodged against the driver of the dumper,” Dhananjay Mishra, station house officer of Kasna police station, said.
The deceased were identified as Naresh Kumar, the auto driver, Rakib, Asif and Sajid. The latter three were passengers and were residents of Rabupura village in Greater Noida. The trio was from the same family while two of the injured, Javed and Naeem, are also residents of the same village.
The police said they have filed an FIR against the vehicle driver under sections 297 (rash driving on a public way) and 337 (causing hurt to others) of the IPC.
Dheerendra Singh, spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh Congress committee, said that the frequency of accidents have increased in Gautam Budh Nagar and also on the Yamuna Expressway.
Singh, accompanied with family members of the four victims, met NP Singh, the district magistrate, and requested him to prepare a work plan to put an end to the increasing number of road accidents in the district.
The DM assured all possible help to the victims’ families from the administration.
“Since it was a tragic incident, it is my responsibility to help out the victims’ families. I immediately spoke to the office of UP chief minister for financial assistance for the bereaved families. The CM’s office has sanctioned `2 lakh each for the families of the victims. We have also sent a report about the incident to the CM’s office,” NP Singh said.
“We expect the funds to be sanctioned at the earliest. After the sanction, we will expedite the procedure to hand over the cheques to the families. We also sent our administrative officials to will help out the injured,” Singh said.