Kolkata: Mob torches 4 buses after two students killed in road accident
Protesters also vandalised a police vehicle and attacked a fire engine that came to douse the blaze in the buses.Updated: Feb 03, 2018 22:16 IST
Angry residents went on rampage and clashed with police at Chingrighata crossing on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, one of the busiest points of Kolkata, on Saturday morning after a bus reportedly jumped a traffic signal and killed two youths.
According to reports, the two victims, Sanjay Bonu and Biswajit Bhuiya, were college students. The bus driver who fled the spot after the accident was arrested a few hours later.
“We have nabbed the driver of the killer bus and initiated proceedings against him,” said Amit P Javalgi, deputy commissioner of Bidhannagar Police. His driving license has been cancelled.
Furious locals alleged that there was a lack of traffic control at the accident-prone site and pelted stones on policemen who came to control them.
Despite a cane charge, the agitated mob set ablaze four buses, vandalised a police vehicle and attacked a fire engine that came to douse the fire in the buses.
A distraught mother of Bhuiya told a TV channel that he had left home around 10:30 am to buy some items for a friend was getting married. “The police are responsible for his death. They never control traffic properly at this point,” she said. Her husband runs a cycle repairing shop.
The road, which connects the IT sector of Salt Lake with the city, was closed to traffic for hours. Till 2pm, police failed to disperse the crowd who were throwing bottles at them. The cops then resorted to bursting tear gas shells.
The accident comes close on the heels of a number of road mishaps in Bengal. On January 29, a bus plunged into a canal in Murshidabad district, killing at least 44 people. On January 17, eight people were killed in Kharagpur in East Midnapore district when a bus fell into a canal.
The Beliaghata traffic guard stands only a few feet away from the accident site. Locals alleged policemen had promised to maintain proper vigil in the area to avoid accidents.
Local Trinamool Congress MLA Sujit Basu, who reached the spot, said senior police officers will speak to the locals to address their grievances.
“I have spoken to the locals. They want a subway to cross the busy road,” he said, adding that the government will also try to help the families of the two students who died.
The situation returned to normal around 2:30 pm and a flank of the EM Bypass was opened to traffic.