Injured Mohammed Riyaz at MGM Medical College and Hospital on Friday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Breaking road rules came for a price for three schoolboys on Friday.
Mohammed Imran (14), Mohammed Tinku (15) and Mohammed Riyaz (14) — students of a local Urdu-medium school — sustained injuries when the scooter they were riding rammed into a mini-truck in Mango as they tried to evade a police checkpoint on Dimna Road around 11am.
The trio were rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital. Imran and Tinku, who suffered head injuries, had to be shifted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH).
The three Hayatnagar residents and students of Classes VII and VIII were going to Mango Chowk.
According to a relative of one of the injured, Riyaz was riding the scooter with Tinku and Imran as pillion-riders.
“When he saw the police check-post, Riyaz turned the two-wheeler without noticing the mini-truck coming from the opposite direction,” said the relative.
Gangadhar Singh, the driver of the mini-truck who fled abandoning the vehicle, was later detained.
About 10 minutes after the mishap, a group of youths rushed to the spot and smashed the windscreen of the abandoned truck.
Olidih OC Mahesh Prasad said the mini-truck driver was not responsible for the accident. “The injured were triple-riding. Plus, Riyaz is an underage driver,” he added.
In another accident in the afternoon, a 45-year-old man was injured when the bike he was riding was hit by a truck near Blue Bells School on Dimna Road.
Mango resident Benjamin Lakra was admitted to TMH where his condition is said to be serious.