Jamshedpur, Aug. 24: A 45-year-old man was today crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus near Sidhgora market, triggering a roadblock that disrupted traffic on busy Straight Mile Road for nearly two and a half hours.
Police had to resort to mild lathicharge to disperse the agitators, who were trying to vandalise vehicles. Four persons have been arrested.
The city has witnessed more than 150 road accidents this year till August 24.
Bolai Lohar (45), a contract labourer with a cement dealer, was going towards Sakchi on his cycle around noon when the private bus (JH-05Y-3352) hit him from behind near a petrol pump at Sidhgora.
The man, who had cement bags laden on his cycle, fell on the street and was subsequently ran over by the bus. A resident of Vidyapati Nagar, Lohar was the sole bread earner in his family.
The nervous bus driver, however, moved on till Sidhgora police station, around 1km from the accident spot, and fled, leaving the vehicle there.
Following the accident, an irate mob blocked Straight Mile Road, demanding compensation for the next of kin of the deceased. They also went on the rampage.
The mob was pacified after police officers arranged Rs 5,000 from their pockets and paid for the last rites of the deceased. The police assured them of a compensation for the kin of the deceased. The blockade was ultimately removed around 2.30pm and the body was sent for post-mortem to MGM Hospital.
Officer-in-charge, Sidhgora police, Ganesh Kumar said, “We have spoken to the the bus owner, Sanjay Pandey, on his mobile phone. He has agreed to pay compensation after returning from Ranchi (where he has gone for some work). The bus, which used to ply between Baridih and Sakchi, has been seized.”
On any given day, more than 2,00,000 vehicles cross the busy Straight Mile Road, linking Baridih, Sidhgora, Agrico to commercial hub Sakchi. Local people alleged that heavy vehicles and buses usually speed on this stretch, leading to mishaps.
“We have asked the administration to construct speed-breakers,” said Dal Govind Lohar, a relative of the deceased.