Agartala, July 19: A speeding police jeep driven by an allegedly inebriated driver mowed down a group of morning walkers, killing three persons and critically injuring two others, in Udaipur town at 4.30 this morning.
A group of morning walkers were out for a stroll at Gada Chowmuhuni near Jagannath Dighi when the jeep, driven by Dilip Debbarma, 35, and carrying assistant sub-inspector Tapan Das, 40, rammed into them.
Laxmi Saha, 45, Sangeeta Saha, 50, and Debabrata Das, 47, died on the spot, while two others — Bapi Rajbhar, 41, and Ajit Das, 50 — sustained critical injuries and were rushed to G.B. Hospital, Agartala.
The driver and the policeman fled the scene of the accident.
However, a mob surrounded the R.K. Pur police station, demanding that the duo be handed over to them, and began throwing stones.
The police had to fire in the air and burst tear gas shells, and ultimately lathicharged the crowd.
The district magistrate of Gomati, Sonal Goel, clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 in Udaipur town.
Sources in G.B. Hospital said the condition of the two injured persons is critical.
The police are yet to issue a statement on the incident.
An increase in the number of vehicles and a lack of proper traffic control has led to a sharp rise in the number of road accidents in the state.
Chief minister Manik Sarkar said in the Assembly in September last year that from January 1, 2011, to August 31, 2013, 2,237 cases of road mishaps had been registered across the state.
Altogether 664 people had died and 3,081 people were injured in these mishaps.