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Trader killed in Golmuri accident

A businessman riding his scooter to work without a helmet died of internal head injuries after being knocked down by a speeding oil tanker on Kalimati Road in Golmuri on Tuesday morning.

The accident triggered mob frenzy, but timely intervention by police prevented arson. The unidentified driver of the killer vehicle is absconding. Police have registered a case against him and seized the tanker.

According to what eyewitnesses told police, the mishap took place around 9.30am when Chunchun Chowdhury (55), a resident of No. 10 bustee, was negotiating the RD Tata roundabout.

Chowdhury, who owns Darbhanga Dairy at Sakchi market, was on his way to his shop when the tanker came hurtling towards him from Burmamines end, hit his scooter from behind and flung him off his two-wheeler.

An unconscious Chowdhury was rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital by traffic police constables and a Tiger Mobile unit. However, doctors on emergency duty declared him brought dead.

Sources said that the traffic constables also gave the tanker driver, who had abandoned the vehicle, a chase on foot, but the latter managed to disappear in the busy morning crowd.

Golmuri OC Nehaluddin Khan, who had arrived at the scene within minutes of the mishap and dispersed the crowd that tried to set the tanker ablaze, blamed speed and mockery of road safety for the fatal accident.

ďThe oil tanker was moving at break-neck speed, while the scooterist was without a helmet. Doctors said he died of internal head injuries, which could have been avoided,Ē Khan said, adding that the body had been sent for autopsy.

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