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Truck snuffs out young life on highway, flees

A girl, standing on a road, was mowed to death on Thursday morning by a speeding truck that drove away without any conscience near Brambe on NH-75, 25km from Ranchi.

The pedestrian, who was identified as 20-year-old church attendant Jyoti Kerketta, did not know what hit her. According to an eyewitness, she was flung some 10-feet from the spot where she had been standing. The brick-laden truck fled.

Jyoti, originally from Simdega, stayed with her married elder sister Soni’s family in Brambe. Her sister and brother-in-law took her mangled mortal remains to Simdega for burial.

Uday Kumar, who witnessed the accident, said its suddenness was horrifying.

“The lorry coming full speed from Ranchi. It looked like the driver was drunk. The girl was simply standing on the road. She was thrown some 10 feet when the lorry hit her. Not much was left of her when her body hit the ground,” he said.

Brambe falls under Mandar police station area, the thana of which is 10km from the accident site. Mandar OC Ranjeet Kumar Sinha was first to arrive at the spot with his team within 45 minutes of the accident.

By then, news of the accident had started spreading. A few people, who saw a truck standing 500m from the accident, went up to OC Singh and asked him to check if this was the killer vehicle.

Police seized the truck (JH 01 AL 1470). “The truck stopped as it had a technical snag. It belongs to a brick kiln owner at Khalari nearby,” said the OC.

He added a search for the driver and cleaner was on.

As public anger mounted, Brambe residents blocked the NH-75 stretch that links Ranchi to Daltonganj. Protesters did not allow even pedestrians to cross. The roadblock cleared by 3pm.

Protesters burnt tyres and demanded the brick kiln owner be produced before them and compensation be given to Jyoti’s next of kin.

Mandar block development officer Gopi Oraon, Khalari DSP Radha Prem Kishore and others spoke to the crowd. The BDO also gave Jyoti’s sister Soni Rs 10,000.

2 dead in Bokaro

Two youths were killed and one more was seriously injured in Pindrajora, 20km from Bokaro, on Thursday, when a pick-up van lost control and hit an auto on NH-32. The deceased, Sujit Jha (29) and Uma Shankar Jha (31), were inside the auto.