Calcutta, March 15: A mob stoned eight buses and blocked the arterial Lenin Sarani for about an hour this morning after a private bus ran over a woman near Taltala.
Witnesses said the woman was trying to cross the road around 10.50am when the bus approached the Lenin Sarani-Taltala Avenue crossing.
“She had got off a bus and was crossing the road in front of the GD Hospital and Diabetic Institute. Another bus on route 3D/1 came from the rear and ran her over,” said Ranjit Kar, who claimed to be an eyewitness.
Kar, who runs a tea stall close to the hospital, said the signal had changed from red to green by the time the woman had reached the middle of the road. “The bus knocked her down and ran her over,” he said.
The victim was taken to NRS Hospital, where doctors declared her dead on arrival.
The bus driver sped away but a green police constable, Bijoy Das, chased him down on a two-wheeler. The driver was caught near the Moulali crossing.
Some local people threw stones at buses and blocked Lenin Sarani for an hour from 11am. The roadblock triggered snarls in and around Esplanade.
“They were throwing stones at all approaching buses. The windows of several buses broke. The stone-throwing stopped after a few minutes when a group of policemen arrived,” another eyewitness said.
The protesters demanded more vigilant policing in the area.
Some of them alleged that the signal at the crossing was faulty. “It turns green within a few seconds, giving pedestrians very little time to cross the road,” Kar said.
A traffic police officer denied the allegation. “A bus has to wait at least 25 seconds at the signal. Besides, the signals now show how many seconds are left for them to turn green from red,” he said.
Four people from Baranagar died after their car collided with a truck near the Rajchandrapur toll plaza near Bally Halt early today.