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Roadblock woes for capital schoolkids

Students returning home in school buses had a tough time on Wednesday afternoon when relatives of an auto-rickshaw operator, shot dead on Tuesday night near his Maulana Azad Colony home, blocked Purulia Road near Lowadih Chowk from 2pm to demand compensation from the state.

Students, on an average, reached home late by around 45 minutes as buses were diverted through a longer route passing through Chutia, Bahu Bazar and Doranda.

“I was waiting for my granddaughter, a Class III student of Bishop Westcott Girls’ School in Namkum. Every day, the bus comes at 3pm, but today it reached at 3.40pm,” said S. Verma, who was waiting at Dangra Toli Chowk.

S. Dungdung, whose granddaughter is a Class II student at the Namkum institution, echoed Verma. “Waiting for over half an hour was very tiresome. One should not block roads and find other ways to mount pressure on government for their demands,” said the sexagenarian.

A police officer admitted to problems faced by students and their guardians. “As many as 20 school buses using Lowadih Chowk to enter the city were affected,” he said.

Officer-in-charge of Lower Bazar police station, under which Lowadih Chowk falls, Jitendra Singh said the blockade lifted after agitators were given money to perform the funeral of the victim and assured of compensation.

Auto-rickshaw operator Shekh Nisar had been shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified criminals near Pappu Hotel, hardly 500 metres from his house.

Police lodged a murder case and after primary investigation found it a case of revenge killing. Thirty-year-old Nisar is survived by his wife, two daughters and as many sons.


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