Youth?s death infuriates villagers
INFURIATED OVER the death of a 20-year-old youth in an accident, hundreds of villagers turned violent and set ablaze a dozen dumpers and heavy vehicles used in digging land at Panki on Sunday.
The irate villagers from three villages took law in their hands soon after the getting the information about the accident and youth’s death. According to official estimate, about 12 vehicles worth Rs 5 crore were burnt by the villagers.
Reports said one Ram Prakash Kushwaha was coming from his uncle’s place at Kapli along with his brother Sandeep on a motorcycle. His motorcycle collided with a dumper parked on the road around 7 am. Ram Prakash died on the spot while Sandeep was injured seriously and admitted to Raja Ram Hospital in Panki.
The news of accident spread like a wildfire. About 200 to 300 residents of Lavpurwa, Kapli and Bahera took to main road and set on fire the construction vehicles. They took out diesel from the parked vehicles and used it as catalyst in spreading the fire.
Two police personal from Ratanpur post reached the spot but after seeing the violent mob, head of police post Mahaveer moved back. Kamlesh Mishra, a constable, got trapped but somehow he was rescued and soon the information about the violence was passed on to senior officials.
Top administrative officials rushed to the spot and could pacify the angry villagers after an hour. Additional police force from several police stations was deployed at the site.
Five fire tenders were pressed into service, which controlled the fire after two hours. The construction work at a stretch of five-kilometre area was being carried out by two constructors at Laukpurwa in the Panki area. Road has been narrowed due to mud and vehicles engaged in the construction work were parked on the road.
Notably, two construction work are being carried out at the spot where accident took place. Som Datt builders has been constructing national highway and a private constructor was engaged in building a flyover over the railway line in the area.
SHO, Panki, RP Tewari said, “The mob was scattered in the area of 3 to 5 kilometre and it took sometime for the police to control the villagers.”