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Speed demon kills student

A Class IX pupil of a government high school was run over by a speeding car and his cycle companion grievously injured in Chandil, 25km from the city, on Friday, spurring an over three-hour traffic disruption on a state highway.

A frenzied mob squatted on the Kandra-Chandil Road from 8.30m, demanding action against reckless drivers and compensation for the bereaved family. They attacked any vehicle trying to get around the blockade.

Badalkatha village residents Somal Hembrom (16) and friend Sonaram Devgam (18) were on their way to Chainpur High School around 8am to fetch the transfer certificate of Somal’s elder brother. While the 16-year-old was pedalling, Sonaram was sitting in the front.

Near Chainpur village in Chandil police station area, the car flung them both off their seats. Somal was run over on the spot, while Sonaram lay writhing in pain until some schoolboys and villagers rushed to his rescue.

“The car sped towards Kandra, leaving the two in a pool of blood. We took the boys to a referral hospital in Chandil, where one was declared brought dead,” said local resident Badal Gope.

The news of the accident triggered vehement protests and left a long queue of trucks and trailers on the highway.

“The blockade on Kandra-Chandil Road was set up to put an end to rash driving. The kin of the deceased also need to be adequately compensated,” said another resident Shyamlal Murmu.

The squatters gave way to vehicles past 11.30am and only after Chandil SDPO Bindu Kumar arrived on the spot and assured them that their demands would be met.

Chandil OC Manoj Kumar Gupta confirmed that the killer car was speeding. “No one noted down the registration number of the car, but we are trying to nail the culprit,” he said.

In another accident, which took place in the city, two bikers were injured in a head-on collision near Keenan Stadium. They were taken to a nursing home and released after first aid.


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