Dhubri, June 26: Two trucks were set on fire by an angry mob after a road mishap on NH37 at Agia in Goalpara district today, in which a student died and another was seriously injured.
Rekibul Islam, 7, died on the spot while Jesmina Yasmin, 7, was injured and shifted immediately to Goalpara Civil Hospital. Later, she was shifted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.
A police source in Agia said two trucks (registration numbers ML-08 D/3744 and ML-07 A/4255), were going towards Krishnai, when the accident took place. The source said one truck was being towed by the other.
When contacted, officer-in-charge of Agia police station Kanak Chandra Bharali said the truck drivers and the handymen, fled after the incident, leaving behind the trucks.
After the accident, an angry mob set both the trucks on fire and staged a road blockade for three hours from 11am, the source said.
Goalpara deputy commissioner Pritam Saikia, SP Luise Aind and additional SP Sushanta Biswa Sarma rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
Sushanta Biswa Sarma said they had a hard time pacifying the protesters but the situation has been brought under control and the blockade withdrawn. “The road has been opened again to vehicular traffic and the situation is under control. The injured girl was shifted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital,” he said.
After the post-mortem of Rekibul Islam’s body, it was handed over to his family members in the afternoon today. “Rekibul was and Jesmina is a student of Jatiya Bidyalaya at Agia,” Bharali said. Frequent road mishaps on NH 37 from Tulungia of Bongaigaon district to Borjhar have claimed 22 lives and left 37 injured since January 2011, a police source in Dudhnoi said.