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Ruckus after mishap

Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse a mob that created ruckus near Jubilee Park’s Sakchi gate after a road mishap on Wednesday morning.

Protesting against reckless driving by truckers, the mob set up a road blockade close to the mishap spot. Though there were no casualties, a scooter was damaged in the incident.

The accident took place around 11.30am, when a 20-year-old tried to cross Pipeline Road, at the intersection of Jubilee Park’s Sakchi gate, on his scooter. As he moved forward, a speeding truck that was coming from the Mango end, hit his scooter. However, the youth, later identified as Shankar Sonkar, managed to jump off the scooter seconds before being hit.

The scooter got trapped in the bumper of the truck and was dragged for about 50 feet when the vehicle stopped.

Passers-by then rushed towards the truck and forced the driver out before thrashing him. A few traffic policemen standing nearby intervened, but the agitated crowd drove the cops away.

At this point of time, a patrolling car of Sakchi police station arrived at the scene and tried to disperse the protestors, who had by then put up a road blockade.

As the truck driver, later identified as Babu Singh, was still in the custody of the angry mob, the police party first requested the people to disperse. When they refused to move, the police resorted to a mild lathicharge.

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