Traffic was stalled for an hour after residents blocked the Jugsalai-Tatanagar Station Road on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Sept. 14: A 30-year-old biker was crushed under the wheels of a speeding van on Jugsalai-Tatanagar Station road this morning, triggering a road blockade by local residents.
The accident took place around 11am when Mukesh Dubey, a resident of Gaushala Road and an employee of a private investment firm, was coming from Tatanagar-end on his bike.
A commercial van coming from the same side hit him from behind near Green Park Restaurant in Jugsalai. He fell down and was run over by the van.
“In an attempt to escape from the accident spot, the driver of the van tried to speed away and in the process crushed Dubey under the wheels,” said an eyewitness.
Local shopkeepers rushed Dubey to Tata Main Hospital where doctors at the emergency ward declared him dead.
Angry residents of Gaushala Road blocked the stretch, demanding compensation from the owner of the van.
The hour-long roadblock threw traffic out of gear. Residents of Bistupur, Sonari and Kadma who often use this stretch to reach Tatanagar Station, Parsudih and Jugsalai were stranded for a long time.
“Dubey belonged to a middle class family and had to look after his parents and sister. We want the police to arrest the driver of the van and also arrange compensation from the owner of the vehicle for Dubey’s family,” said Atul Dubey, a neighbour who led the agitation.
The residents also voiced their protest against the rising number of road accidents in the city. According to East Singhbhum district police sources, till July, Jamshedpur had witnessed about 200 road accidents.
The blockade was lifted only after officers from Jugsalai police station intervened. The policemen assured the protesters that the van and its owner had been identified and promised to arrange compensation for the victim’s family.
“We have identified the killer vehicle and its owner Manjit Singh. He stays in Harharguttu in Bagbera. We will contact him soon and also initiate legal proceedings against driver of the vehicle,” said Jugsalai inspector Arun Mishra.
15jammishap-4: Traffic was stalled for hours after residents blocked the Jugsalai-Tatanagar Station Road on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad