|The spot where the two accidents happened on Friday. Picture by Sayantan Ghosh
Calcutta, Sept. 15: A 35-year-old businessman riding pillion on former footballer Bikash Panji’s motorbike died after being hit by a bus on EM Bypass last evening, metres from the spot where a young man was killed in a similar accident hours earlier. Panji escaped with injuries.
Police said Panji, a former midfielder who represented India, was riding to his home in Keshtopur with friend Shanto Ghosh when the accident happened around 5.50pm in front of ITC Sonar.
Ghosh fell on the right side and his head was “almost smashed” — according to a doctor — under the wheels of the bus, which sped away. Panji, 52, who fell on the left side, suffered an ankle injury and bruises all over his body.
“Ghosh was not wearing a helmet. Panji had his on,” a police officer said. Ghosh, a resident of Patipukur, Dum Dum, is survived by his wife and two children.
Policemen rushed Ghosh and Panji to a private hospital within minutes of the accident. “We stopped a taxi, requested the passengers to get off and took the two to hospital,” an officer said.
About nine hours earlier, a 28-year-old e-commerce professional, Debopriyo Dattaray, was killed near the same spot after being hit by a vehicle from behind while riding to work with wife Sudipta, 27.
Debopriyo too had fallen on the right and got crushed by the vehicle while Sudipta, who fell on the left, survived with injuries.
Several people had gathered at the accident spot but none offered help as Sudipta lay on the road crying for help, till Salt Lake resident Sumbul Yazdani and her husband Ghulam arrived.
The couple were passing by in their car when they spotted the crowd. Sumbul, a banker, jumped over the divider and called the police, who took Debopriyo and Sudipta to hospital. Debopriyo was declared dead on arrival.
A friend of Panji today said: “The road near the Science City crossing and the one leading to ITC Sonar is lined with potholes. These roads have turned into death traps.”
As Panji, who is hospitalised, could not be contacted, it could not be confirmed if his motorbike had hit one such crater.
A doctor at the hospital where Panji and Ghosh were admitted said: “Ghosh’s head was almost smashed. He died late at night.”