|The accident spot on the Bypass-VIP Road flyover and (right) the bike that was flung across. (Sayantan Ghosh)
They were not wearing helmets and were speeding. Perhaps, they deserved it.
Bitter words from the father of a youth killed after he ran into the boundary wall of the Bypass-VIP Road flyover and was flung 40 feet below on Navami night.
Indrajit Tiwari fell with his bike on an ice-cream vendor asleep below the bridge and both died on the spot. Two of Indrajit’s friends had been riding pillion. One of them died in hospital and the other is battling for life.
Police suspect Indrajit had been driving at well over 100kph but plead they can do little to rein in errant bikers on Puja nights.
According to police records, 11 bikers were killed in road accidents between Sashthi and Dashami and more than 200 were injured across the city and beyond.
“During Puja, it is an unwritten rule to ignore violations by bikers. If we start prosecuting them, traffic would come to a standstill and the crowd management system would go for a toss,” said a senior officer of Calcutta traffic police. “But we do book bikers who are found speeding or creating trouble.”
“On Navami night, I saw a group of at least 20 youths on six motorbikes zooming across Diamond Harbour Road near Mominpur at 1am. All of them were without helmets and were carrying three or four riders. The youths were not only speeding but also crisscrossing other vehicles on the road,” said Suhrid Basu, a resident of Behala, who was out pandal-hopping with his wife and daughter in his car.
Indrajit’s father may blame his son for being “so irresponsible”, but others blame the cops. “I know my son is a rash driver and that is why never bought him a bike. I performed my responsibility but the police did not,” said Ramesh Gupta, father of Indrajit’s friend Vivek who has suffered a brain haemorrhage along with multi-organ failure and is yet to regain consciousness.