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Twin mishaps, biker dead

One person was killed and five others were injured in two road accidents on NH-33 in Ranchi on Monday.

The first mishap took place around 3am near Jumar Bridge in Sadar police station area, about 10km from the district headquarters. Two SUVs collided head-on, leaving four people injured. The victims have been admitted to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. Their identities are being ascertained.

The other accident took place 6km away and around 12.30pm. One person was killed and another injured when the motorbike they were riding rammed into a trailer truck at Khel Gaon Chowk in the same police station area.

Eyewitnesses said the accident took place because the two-wheeler, moving towards Booty More, entered the wrong lane in high speed and collided with the heavy vehicle coming from the opposite direction. “Vehicles coming from Khel Gaon are supposed to go straight to NH-33 before taking a left or a right. But, the bike took a right beforehand,” a rickshaw-puller, who witnessed Monday’s bloodspill, said.

Police have identified the deceased as Mohammed Waseem (22), a resident of Chakla in Ormanjhi. The injured is Munna Kumar (23) of Irba.

Sadar OC J. Oraon confirmed the accidents and said the four vehicles involved in them had been seized. “FIRs have been registered,” he added.

Two years ago, The Telegraph had first raised the issue of impending problems along the Khel Gaon stretch after a stunt-biking DAV Public School student and his friend died in a crash. In 2011 alone, the road roughly saw 16 fatal accidents.

Following the report, the district administration constructed rumble strips to rein in speedsters, but desired results remain a far cry possibly because of poor traffic monitoring.