Baruipur: Seven persons, six of them school students, died after they were hit by a speeding SUV near Rashakunja area within the limits of Bishnupur police station in South 24 Parganas district today, the police said.
A Thakurpukur-bound SUV was coming from Bankrahaat at very high speed and when it reached the busy Rashakunja intersection it rammed into a group of students, they said.
The accident took place when the students of both Rashakunja High School for Boys and Girls came out of their respective campuses after classes, police said, the driver of the SUV did not slow down even after seeing them on the narrow road.
“Three girls died on the spot after they were flung in a road side ditch from the impact of the speeding SUV. Two boys, a girl and a woman succumbed to injuries at a local hospital. The students were all within the age group of 10 to 15 years. Six others who were injured in the accident were later taken to M R Bangur Hospital for treatment,” Additional Superintendent of Police (West) Chandra Sekhor Bardhan said.
Agitated local residents of Rashakunja got hold of the SUV and damaged it badly. The driver, however, managed to escape.
A police team from Bishnupur met with tough resistance from angry residents, who attacked them with bamboo sticks and pelted stones, when they reached the spot.
“Seven police personnel were injured in the scuffle. Later on a large police contingent reached the spot and brought the situation under control. A search is for the driver,” Bardhan added.