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Doctor, kin die in hit-and-run

A rural medical practitioner and his nephew died in a hit-and-run in Pandeydih area of Baliapur, about 16km from the Dhanbad district headquarters, early on Thursday.

N.K. Mitra (55), who owned a clinic, Shanti Dawakhana, in Baliapur market, was returning after morning walk along with his son Abhishek Mitra (22) and nephew Abhijeet Mitra (18) when the accident occurred around 6am. A speeding SUV hit the medico and Abhijeet on Baliapur-Govindpur road, around 2km from their residence, while Abhishek escaped unhurt.

Passers-by informed Baliapur police, who took the duo to a primary health centre from where they were referred to Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). Mitra was declared brought dead while Abhijeet, a BA student of Vinod Bihar Mahto College, Baliapur, died later.

Rajesh Kumar Mitra, younger brother of N.K. Mitra, said they came to know that the SUV was speeding.

“The vehicle first hit my nephew and then ran over my elder brother. We want police to arrest the driver and the owner of the car and ensure strict punishment so that it can act as a deterrent against rash driving,” Rajesh said.

Baliapur residents, who hit the road soon after the fatal mishap, raised similar demands besides pitching for road safety. More than 200 people blocked Baliapur Chowk from 9am to 2pm, stalling movement of vehicles on the Baliapur-Sindri, Baliapur-Pradhankhanta, Baliapur-Maithon and Baliapur-Jharia links.

The protesters clamoured for broadening of Baliapur-Govindpur road near the accident site at Pandeydih and installation of speed-breakers.

“The road near the curve at Pandeydih is very narrow. Vehicles coming from the opposite direction are not visible. Several accidents took place at the spot in the past. Therefore, we want the road to be immediately widened near the curve to avoid recurrence of similar incidents,” said Bablu Mahto, a resident of Baliapur and former district president of Marxwadi Yuva Morcha who spearheaded the agitation.

The blockade was lifted after the intervention of Baliapur BDO Prakash Kumar, police inspector of Sindri circle Srikant Upadhyay and office in charge of Baliapur police station Lakshman Ram.

OC Ram said a thorough probe would be conducted and those responsible for the accident arrested.