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Speeding van kills sergeant

A 28-year-old traffic sergeant died on Thursday, a day after being hit by a speeding goods vehicle at the AJC Bose Road-Ripon Street crossing.

Amit Kumar Shah, who was posted in the road marking section of the traffic department, was returning from his office in Beniapukur Lane when the accident occurred around 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Though there are curbs on movement of goods vehicles in the city — a rule often violated — Minidors don’t fall under the restrictions.

The offending vehicle was seized and the driver arrested.

The accident is yet another instance of rash driving on city roads. “Witnesses said he was crossing the road when he was hit by the speeding Minidor,” said an officer of the Park Circus traffic guard.

“The impact of the collision made Amit fall. His head cracked after it banged against the median divider,” the officer said.

Amit was initially taken to Calcutta National Medical College Hospital, where he received multiple stitches on his head. “But the hospital was not equipped to handle the severe nature of his head injuries. We had to shift him to the Institute of Neurosciences in Mullickbazar,” the officer added. He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning.

Amit, who was from Bhadreswar in Hooghly, joined the Calcutta police in 2010. His father supplies tobacco to shops in Bhadreswar while his brother Sujit is a contractual labourer. “He had done the family proud by becoming a policeman,” said brother-in-law Rakesh Prasad Sau, who had come to Calcutta on Thursday to claim Amit’s body. “The family’s income is not more than Rs 5,000 a month. We hope Sujit gets a police job,” he said.

Mishap: Two cops — Sukdeb Mondal and Samar Kumar Dibar — were injured on Thursday after an auto hit the bike they were riding on Palmer Bazar Road.