A young e-commerce professional married two-and-a-half months ago was mowed down by a vehicle that hit his motorcycle from behind on the Bypass while on the way to work with his wife, who escaped with a fractured hand.
The potholed road was wet and slushy after overnight rain but how Debopriyo Dattaray, 28, and Sudipta, 27, fell from the bike in front of the ITC Sonar around 8.30 on Friday morning made the difference between life and death.
Sudipta fell to the left of the road and Debopriyo to the right. His head was smashed. Her right arm was fractured.
Sudipta lay next to her husband, unable to get up and screaming for help. But nobody came near the bleeding couple for several minutes.
The killer vehicle sped away without anybody noting down its number. “Several vehicles passed by and people surrounded them but none helped,” rued Debopriyo’s mother Sushmita at their home on Raja Basanta Roy Road in south Calcutta.
“A couple driving down the other flank were the only ones to stop,” she said.
Debopriyo’s father Bidyut is a doctor attached with the Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission Hospital.
The police’s version did not match what the family said. “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the motorcycle skidded and the couple fell. A vehicle ran the husband over,” an officer said.
Sudipta had apparently called home while lying on the road and fainted in the middle of the conversation. She and Debopriyo, who had studied and worked in the UK and the Philippines before joining a Calcutta firm last month, were childhood sweethearts. They got married on June 29.
According to what Sudipta had told her in-laws, a “big car, probably a Scorpio or a Sumo” hit their motorcycle. “The same car ran over Debopriyo and sped away,” said Debopriyo’s younger sister Debasmita.
Debopriyo, a BCom graduate from South City College, had done his post-graduation in e-commerce at Staffordshire University in the UK.
Debopriyo had returned to India on June 22 and got married to Sudipta seven days later. He then joined Imperium Technology Solutions in Lake Town as an SEO manager. “He used to drop Sudipta at the Arena Multimedia office in Salt Lake before heading for his office. They were planning their honeymoon in Vizag this Puja,” said sister Debasmita.
Debopriyo and Sudipta were at City Centre Salt Lake for shopping after work on Thursday. They had planned a family dinner on his sister’s birthday on September 20.
A poster uploaded by Debopriyo to his Facebook account on Thursday says: “You could make a wish or you could make it happen.”
He and Sudipta had wished for a car and were about to make it happen. “Dada had planned to buy a car soon,” said Debasmita.