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Hit-and-run fells one

A fatal accident and a chain snatching were reported in the capital early on New Year’s day, with both incidents taking place near the Raj Bhavan area.

Daily wage earner Madan Prajapati (40) died after an unidentified vehicle knocked him down around 5.45am at Kishori Yadav Chowk behind Raj Bhavan in Sukhdeonagar police station area.

There were no eyewitnesses to the accident and the victim was found lying in a pool of blood by a patrolling party. He was rushed to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was declared brought dead. A resident of Road No. 10 in Madhukam, Prajapati had left home around 4am in search of work in Upper Bazar, about 3km away.

President of Motia Mazdoor Sangh Uday Shanker Ojha confirmed the incident and said Rs 3,000 was provided to the family members of the labourer for his last rites and an FIR had been registered against an unknown vehicle in this connection.

While the accident took place behind the Raj Bhavan, a snatching took place in front of the city’s best-known landmark under Kotwali police station area around 7am as a woman made her way towards Machlighar alone.

A resident said two motorcycle-borne miscreants came from behind and pulled the lady’s gold chain before speeding away. The woman appeared around 40-years-old. She screamed for help and though passers-by assembled, the miscreants could not be nabbed. The woman walked away towards Morabadi after the snatching.

Superintendent of police (city) Vipul Shukla confirmed the incident but added that since no one came forward to complain, no FIR was filed.

Baring the two incidents, there was no information about any untoward incident from any part of the city. Police were deputed at different picnic spots to keep vigil on hooligans and rash driving.