A 40-year-old man died after an unidentified vehicle hit him near Esplanade bus terminus early on Tuesday.
Rameshwar Pandey, a resident of Entally and an employee at a restaurant on Free School Street, was returning home when the vehicle knocked him down on New Road, a 150m stretch between Esplanade and Dufferin Road.
A taxi driver spotted him lying in a pool of blood around 2.45am and alerted police. He was rushed to SSKM Hospital where doctors declared him dead. Police are yet to identify the killer vehicle.
“Lack of surveillance cameras in the area where the accident occurred and absence of policemen at the time of the mishap have made it difficult for us to identify the vehicle,” said an officer of Maidan police station.
“Pandey was unconscious but he was still breathing when our officers reached the spot,” said the officer.
The officer, however, was not sure when the accident took place and for how long Pandey had been lying unattended on the road.
Calcutta police has a total of 456 CCTV cameras installed at various crossings across the city but only 250 of them are functional at this moment, said sources. Of the 250 functioning cameras, many are at places where trees and other obstructions restrict their surveillance.