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Stringent rules after mishap

Silchar, June 4: Karimganj district police has decided to strictly enforce mandatory traffic regulations which prohibit pillion riding of more than two persons on bikes, and stress on wearing of helmets by riders.

The decision comes in the aftermath of a road mishap at 9 last night in which a cyclist was severely injured in the border town of Karimganj.

Nabin Singh, additional superintendent of police, assured state co-operation minister Siddique Ahmed and local Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha that the police would hold a detailed probe in the matter.

The police promise helped to ease the tension in the town. The residents, who had gheraoed the minister and the legislator for two hours, lifted it after the assurance.

The police admitted that they were aware of the menace of bikers in the town. They said in the past 15 months nearly two dozen road mishaps had occurred in the district headquarters, resulting in several deaths.

Last night, the police said, a cyclist was suddenly hit by a biker injuring him, while the biker managed to flee.

Singh said the biker was identified as a resident of a nearby locality.

Eyewitnesses said soon after the mishap, a crowd assembled in the area and spontaneously decided to put up a road blockade.

Ahmed, who was on his way to Karimganj circuit house around 9.30pm, instead headed towards the blockade along with Purkayastha. They held talks with the administration and the police in this connection.