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Safety Week toll mounts

There was more blood on the streets of Calcutta on Day V of Road Safety Week, with the death of a motorcyclist and an unidentified woman on Sukanta Setu, in Santoshpur.

The motorcycle was hit by a speeding Matador around 1 pm on Tuesday. Rajesh Kumar Singh, additional superintendent of police (industrial) of South 24-Parganas, said Supriyo Mukherjee, 46, who was riding the motorcycle, was declared “brought dead” when rushed to a private hospital.

An unidentified woman died on the spot. There was some confusion over whether she was riding pillion (as stated by the police) or was a pedestrian (as claimed by Supriyo’s family). “The driver of the Matador has been arrested,” said Singh.

Supriyo, a resident of Ramlalbazar, in the East Jadavpur police station area, suffered multiple head injuries, doctors at the hospital said. He was earlier employed with a television company but had recently quit the job and was to start his own business.

On Friday afternoon, he was on his way back home after a visit to his ailing father-in-law at a private medical centre in Salt Lake.

Traffic movement in the Jadavpur-Santoshpur area was affected following the accident. “The disruption continued for over an hour,” said Singh, as residents took to the streets demanding that the Raja Subodh Mullick Road-Sukanta Setu junction be properly manned by the police.

“This is such a busy junction, but a solitary constable is seen struggling to manage the speeding vehicles,” said Ujjal Sen, a resident of the area.

Adding to the death toll during Road Safety Week — which witnessed a macabre accident at the Park Street-Jawaharlal Nehru Road crossing on Wednesday — one person succumbed to his injuries following an accident on PWD Road, near Vivekananda Setu, in the Baranagar police station area late on Thursday night. Police said in the accident, a truck hit a scooter. Jayanta Chatterjee, 45, died on the spot while another unidentified person, riding pillion, suffered serious injuries.

Jayanta, a resident of Baduria, in North 24-Parganas, was on his way to Howrah when the killer truck rammed into his scooter. The truck was impounded but the driver fled.

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