A speeding truck crushed a 32-year-old man of Tikola village near Murthal of Sonepat district on Monday following which angry villagers torched three dumpers and resorted to a blockade on the national highway-1. The truck driver fled from the spot leaving behind the truck, which was later set on fire.
The deceased identified as Rajesh Kumar,32, who works in a private company, fell a victim to the speeding truck near Tajpur village of the district. His brother Naresh Kumar, who was also accompanying him, sustained serious injuries and was shifted to the Rohtak medical college.
As the news of Kumar's death spread, a group of residents of Tikola village gathered on the spot and started protesting. They laid his body on the road. Meanwhile, protesters torched two other dumpers which were enroute to collect sand from the Yamuna river.
Accusing the police of showing leniency towards the sand mining mafia, protesters demanded the registration of a criminal case against certain contractors and held a dharna for more than two hours.
They later shifted their dharna on the national highway-1, but they were stopped near Dhaturi village by the police force led by SP Arun Singh Nehra and Deputy Commissioner Chander Shekhar.
The police had to use lathi-charge after protesters refused to budge. Policemen took possession of the body and sent it to a government hospital for post-mortem examination.
Protesters has alleged that sand mining activities near the Yammuna river belt of Sonepat town has been going unchecked and truck-dumpers have become a source of nuisance for motorists.
A case has been registered against the truck driver.