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Rogue buses spill blood

One person was killed and two others were injured in two separate road accidents involving minibuses in Jamshedpur’s Sakchi and Jugsalai on Friday evening.

At Sakchi, 24-year-old Rajesh Pramanik was fatally injured when a speeding minibus hit his bike near Hathi-Ghora Temple on Sakchi-Mango road. A resident of Dimna in the suburban MGM police station area, Rajesh was returning home from the market when the mishap took place.

The vehicle, which was coming from Mango, fled with passengers on board.

Inspector Bhola Prasad Singh of Sakchi police station said they were trying to trace the minibus. The body has been sent to MGM Medical College in Dimna for autopsy.

In the second incident, two persons were seriously injured when a minibus, which was also coming in great speed, rammed into the auto-rickshaw in which they were travelling on Bistupur-Jugsalai Road, within an hour of removal of the speed-breakers at 4pm.

The identities of the injured, who were taken to MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi, are yet to be established. Police have seized the bus that had stopped a little distance away from the mishap spot.

Both roads are accident-prone. On September 28, a 45-year-old woman was killed on the spot on the stretch along Hathi-Ghora Temple.

On the other hand, local police, in consultation with the East Singhbhum traffic wing, had put up speed-breakers on Bistupur-Jugsalai Road three months ago to rein in rash drivers. “We were compelled to remove the speed-breakers as some commuters had complained of inconvenience,” said Jugsalai OC sub-inspector Bijay Kumar.