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Road rampage after death

Barasat, Nov. 28: A mob set an ambulance on fire after bringing out a patient, burnt two other vehicles and damaged at least 12 cars after a truck mowed down a youth walking in a Jagaddhatri idol immersion procession in Barasat tonight.

Around 50 club members also threw stones at police, who resorted to a lathicharge to disperse them. Late tonight, six persons were arrested.

Eyewitnesses said the members of Deshbandhu Sporting Club were walking in the procession on Taki road in the Madhumurali area around 9pm when one of them came in front of the truck. The driver could not swerve and ran him over. The driver and the helper fled.

“The procession of around 150 people had taken up half of the 20ft-wide road,” a resident said.

The club members went on a rampage after the accident, setting ablaze the truck, an autorickshaw and the ambulance. The passengers and driver of the auto escaped. It is not clear what happened to the patient who was brought out of the ambulance.

Many vehicles got stuck in a snarl caused by the vandalism. The club members broke windscreens and windowpanes of at least 12 vehicles, the police said.

A team from Barasat police station baton-charged the youths to disperse them. “The club members hurled stones at us,” an officer said.

Residents said the cops fired tear-gas shells, which the police chief of North 24-Parganas denied. “We resorted to a mild lathicharge. We did not fire tear-gas shells,” SP Sugata Sen said.

The youth who was killed is yet to be identified.