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Old 05-05-09, 01:20 PM   #1
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Two Boys Killed by Speeding Truck

This story comes to us from Kolkata, India:

"Accident kills minor siblings

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, May 4: Two brothers were killed in a road accident on AK Mukherjee Road at Napara off Baranagar in North 24-Parganas this morning. Locals damaged the vehicle and beat up the driver. They later put up a roadblock in protest against the accident, alleging that the negligence of traffic police had led to the incident.
The police said the accident took place around 6.30 a.m. today. Victims were identified as Sourav Patra (9) and his brother Sanjib (7), students of class III and I respectively, at Adrasha Primary School in Baranagar. They were going to their school on a bicycle paddled by their mother Mrs Bimal Patra, a resident of Metro Colony, when the accident took place. A speeding truck lost control in a bid to overtake another vehicle and hit the bicycle from behind. The victims fell on the ground and were immediately run over by the truck. Locals rushed the victims to Baranagar State General Hospital, where the mother is in a critical condition. The two boys were both declared brought dead.
Local people pelted stones at the truck, smashing its windscreen. They dragged the driver out of the vehicle and severely beat him up. A large contingent of policemen rushed to the spot and resorted to a lathi charge to quell the mob. They rescued the driver, arrested him, and seized the vehicle. They put up a roadblock on AK Mukherjee Road, which continued for half-an-hour.
Local people alleged that a number of accidents had occurred in this same area, due to a bad road, reckless driving and the absence of policemen. Four severe road accidents have taken place in the past two months in the area. Local people alleged that despite complaints, no steps have yet been taken by the police to deploy a traffic constable and the PWD is reluctant to repair the potholes. Several memorandums submitted by the local people attempting to draw the attention of the municipality have failed to evoke any response."
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Thanks for sharing! Something out of the ordinary. I can totally visualize this in India, having seen road crews use big boulders on a major highway as detour pylons. This event is a sad exception in a country of a billion. I always thought the drivers there more imaginative than in the west: because of necessity due to the road conditions.
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