Midnapore, Sept. 26: The official car of the Purulia superintendent of police ran over three persons today on NH 60 and allegedly sped away leaving the injured groaning in pain.
Villagers in West Midnapore’s Gorbeta said C. Sudhakar, the SP, stepped out of his Bolero after it hit those waiting at a bus stand, talked to somebody on the cellphone, but soon got in and left. The “senior officer’s attitude” prompted a two-hour roadblock by residents.
The 10 injured have been admitted to the district hospital.
Police said Sudhakar was on his way to Kharagpur to receive a CRPF award for his role in the anti-Maoist operation in Jungle Mahal and adjoining areas. He received the award later in the day along with four others.
The West Midnapore SP Sunil Chowdhury said the driver of the Bolero had been arrested and an inquiry started.
A police officer tried to justify the Purulia SP’s act, saying “he had no alternative”. “The villagers were angry. If the SP had not left the site, he could have been lynched,” the officer said. There were three cars in the SP’s convoy.
Sudhakar later said: “I had deputed my security guard to carry the injured to the hospital. I left because I had to attend an important meeting.” He added he would try for a job for one member from each of the families of the three killed.
According to the villagers, 15 persons were waiting at the Rushkundu More bus stop when the Bolero, which was trying to overtake a bus but swerved to the left on seeing two bikes coming from the other side, hit the structure.