Protesters at the accident site in Burmamines on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The death of a 25-year-old biker, hit by a crane at 10am on Thursday, triggered public outrage resulting in a four-hour blockade at busy Burmamines-Sakchi road, while a senior citizen paid for carelessness with his life as a passenger train hit him at Govindpur level crossing around 11am.
Carriage Colony resident Ajoy Patro, popularly known as Shivam, who was going to pick up his niece from BPM School, was hit by the crane near the TRF gate when he was taking a turn from the Star Talkies-end.
Shivam, whose head received the direct impact of the heavy vehicle’s wheel, died on the spot. The crane driver managed to escape.
Eyewitness Subodh Singh said five or six autos were parked on the road before TRF gate, which is why Shivam, on turning left, had to drive on the middle of the road.
“He failed to notice the crane coming from the other side as the standing autos blocked his view,” Singh added.
As the news spread to Carriage Colony, over 500 residents rushed to the spot and put up blockades, stopping traffic. Protestors demanded the unauthorised auto stand to be evicted from the area, speed-breakers on Burmamines-Sakchi Road as well as on Burmamines Mills and Godown Road.
“Together, the auto stand that blocks the view at the turning near TRF gate and the lack of speed-breakers all along the road create havoc,” shouted a protester.
Burmamines police station officer-in-charge Sanjiv Kumar Mishra admitted the protesters were angry enough to scuffle with the men in uniform, which is why they called Rapid Action Force personnel.
Finally, the blockade lifted at 2pm when the police assured protestors that they would get a survey of the road done to determine if speed-breakers should be put up and that autos would not be allowed to clog any company gate or school.
Shivam’s body was removed from the spot only the blockade was lifted.
“We have not made assurance for compensation to the victim’s family. But we have told protestors that their demands for speed-breakers and removal of the unauthorised auto-rickshaw stand at the turning of the road will be looked into shortly,” said superintendent of police (city) Ajay Linda.
In the second mishap that occurred barely an hour after Shivam’s death, 70-year-old Meghlal Yadav was hit by a passenger train at Govindpur level crossing. Yadav, who was taken to MGM Medical College and Hospital by bystanders, died on the way.
Doctors on emergency duty declared him brought dead.
The senior citizen, a resident of Govindpur, was returning home. He seemed to be in a hurry.
Eyewitnesses said he side-stepped the drop-gate, stepped on the tracks and did not notice how close to him the tail-end of the passenger train was when the accident happened.
The passenger train was going slowly toward Tatanagar station.
“He was hit on the head by the train’s rear-end. He should have taken note of the train. He fell down senseless and never reopened his eyes,” said a local resident who had accompanied Yadav to MGM.