PATNA: Altogether two vehicles were torched and more than two dozen more were damaged by an irate mob which went on rampage after a man was crushed to death while he was crossing national highway (NH-30) near Ramlakhan Path under Kankarbagh police station area in the state capital on Thursday.
The deceased youth was identified as one Deepak Kumar, a resident of Sheikhpura village under neighbouring Ramkrishna Nagar police station area in city. He was aged around 22 years. Sources said Deepak was going to a hospital for making payment against treatment of his ailing mother-in-law. He was a daily wager.
Among torched vehicles, one was a bus of BSRTC while another was a pick up van. Sources said a foreign manufactured luxury car was also among those vehicles which were damaged by mob.
Sources said a speeding truck had crushed Deepak when he was crossing national highway. Few locals alleged truck was chased and intercepted near Mithapur bus stand and was handed over to traffic police but they later set it free resulting massive outrage.
When asked, SSP Upendra Kumar Sharma said refuted allegations that truck which had killed Deepak was set free.
“Truck had managed to escape from spot. Earlier also there had been several accidents on the stretch of national highway in the area after which locals had went on rampage and torched vehicles,” he said.
Source also said at least four to five rounds were fired in air by police to disperse irate mob besides firing by some anti-social elements amid rampage.
However, SSP also refuted these reports and said probably explosion of tyres of burning vehicles might had been assumed as firing noise.
Sharma along with City SP (east) Jitendra Kumar had rushed to spot with reinforcement for bringing law and order situation under control. Locals were later pacified and road was cleared for traffic movement which was blocked by burning tyres. Traffic movement on NH remained affected for at least three hours.Source: Times of India