Kolkata: Following the death of two youths in a road accident on Saturday morning, tensions prevailed at Chingrighata area in Kolkata after agitated crowds torched at least four buses, Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has visited the spot.
The Commissioner has identified the chronic accident spots in the city and taken remedial measures to bring down fatalities. Kolkata Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar and his team visited the spots and suggested solutions that have been implemented. Congestion on the narrow bridge must be reduced. The deployment of cops at the bridge exits has ensured that vehicle move at a steady speed.
According to police sources, vehicles have been torched by angry mob after a speeding bus, which was heading towards Salt Lake, mowed down two students who were riding bicycles at 11.15 am in the morning. The students, reportedly, died on the spot.
The deceased have been identified as Biswajit Bhuiyan and Sanjoy Banu. It is reported that the bus suddenly tried to take a u-turn, and in the process, mowed down the two students. The traffic movement on EM Bypass has been affected by the incident. Also, Garia to Ultadanga route has been blocked.
As the news of the accident spread, people rushed to the spot. Locals gathered in huge numbers from nearby areas like Shantinagar and Sukantapally and set buses on fire. Protesters also pelted stones targeting police which resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mob.
The accident occurred at around 11.30 am when two college students, Biswajit Bhuniya and Sanjay Basu, were hit by a bus at Chingrighata area on the EM Bypass, Bidhannagar city police commissioner Gyanwant Singh said. “We rushed a huge police contingent to control the situation and we have removed the road blockade. The situation is presently under control,” Singh said.
Police forces from Lalbazar, police headquarters and Bidhannagar Commissionerate have been deployed at the affected area. TMC MLA Sujit Bose also rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.”I have met the two victim family and have assured all help from Government. I also spoke to locals and their allegation. Police is trying to restore peace. All senior officials are here on spot,” he said.