A six-year-old girl was run over in Kidderpore while trying to fetch a guava that had slipped out of her hand on Thursday noon.
Aksa Jamil, who lived on Mayurbhanj Road in Watgunge, was taken to SSKM Hospital where she died.
Aksa and her mother Shabnam Ara were returning home from the local market when a lorry hit her from behind around 12.05pm.
“Mother and daughter had almost crossed Circular Garden Reach Road and were about to mount the pavement when a guava the girl was holding slipped from her hand and rolled into the carriageway. The girl ran to pick it up when she was knocked down by a lorry,” said Rizwan Khan, who saw the accident from a roadside tea stall.
An officer of Watgunge police station said some people who saw the girl and realised what was going to happen raised the alarm and rushed towards the lorry.
“The driver must have panicked because he accelerated and tried to flee. While doing so he crushed the girl under the wheels,” the officer said.
Driver Biswanath Paik has been arrested and the lorry seized. It was one of the five lorries headed for a godown in Kidderpore to collect flood relief material.
As news of the death spread, hundreds of people gathered at the spot and blocked the road.
A mob of around 500 damaged all five lorries and threw stones at the police. Additional cops had to be sent from all police stations in the port division as well as from Lalbazar to disperse the mob.
The protesters alleged that the police were letting in the lorries against money.
“Lorries are not allowed to ply on the road after 8am. Then how come so many lorries entered the area? The police are taking bribe and allowing the lorries to ply,” said a protester.
When the police realised the situation was spiralling out of control, they contacted local political leaders.
“There are several markets in the area and people from all over the city visit them. We have requested the police to increase the number of traffic personnel in the area to prevent accidents,” said Serazul Karim, the president of the Trinamul unit in ward 79 of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation.