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Passerby electrocuted after motorbike hits and topples electric pole, locals lynch reckless biker

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has launched a campaign for safe driving, but it seems to have little effect on the menace of reckless drivers.

kolkata Updated: Oct 16, 2017 13:11 IST
Sreyasi Pal
Sreyasi Pal
Hindustan Times
Murshidabad,Mamata Banerjee,Driving
Representational picture. The motorbike was travelling at such a high speed that the biker could not control it and the two-wheeler hit the electric pole and toppled it.(HT Picture)

A 19-year-old first year college student of Murshidabad district in West Bengal was beaten to death by an angry mob after his motorbike rammed into an electric pole, toppling it and the live wires electrocuting a passerby.

The incident happened on late Sunday night at Rajanagar village under Raghunathganj police station about 250 km from Kolkata.

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Two persons are admitted to Jangipur sub-divisional hospital with injuries.

The bizarre incident happened when three youths were travelling on a motorbike that was moving at high speed. When the youths reached a spot near Rajanagar village the two-wheeler hit an electric pole that was carrying wires transmitting 11,000 volts.

The impact was so high that the poll collapsed and the wires snapped. They fell on Kiran Rabidas, 26, killing him instantly.

Enraged at the reckless driving that caused the death of the passerby, locals turned their ire against the biker and two pillion riders. They dragged the three to a nearby spot, tied them to trees and thrashed them.

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Later all three were rescued in a critical condition and rushed to nearby Jangipur sub-divisional.

“We have started an investigation,” Raghunathganj police station in-charge Saikat Ray said.

The student who was driving the two-wheeler, Bapon Mondal, succumbed to his injuries. None was arrested till Monday midday.

“Bapan was riding at a high speed. He appeared intoxicated and couldn’t control the bike. Some villagers couldn’t control their anger when they saw a person die for reckless driving and the three were beaten up,” said Arjun Das, a local.

Rajesh Mondal, who was riding pillion claimed, “Due to the poor condition of the road Bapan Mondal couldn’t avert the accident, and the bike hit the electric pole. Thereafter, I saw some persons take away an unconscious person elsewhere. Some others dragged us to a nearby area, tied us to a tree and started beating us.”

“Bapan had acute stomach pain when we were rescued. He was administered some medicines at this hospital but died within an hour,” said Rajesh Mondal.

Sikha Mondal, the mother of Bapan Mondal, said, “My son is a student of BA in a college in Piyarapur. On Sunday night after returning from tuitions, he got a phone call from Rajesh Mondal to join a party. I had no idea what they did thereafter. Later in the night I was informed that my son has been lynched.”

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 13:11 IST