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Mob attacks cops after road mishap
- Truck runs over college principal

Nagaon, Oct. 31: Five police constables were seriously injured while they attempted to control a mob after a speeding truck ran over Samaguri college principal Pradip Kumar Kalita, 48, at Uriagaon chalk under Sadar police station in Nagaon today.

The principal died on the spot.

After the accidents, enraged local villagers tried to torch the truck.

However, they were thwarted by local police, who reached the site and took the truck to the nearby Borghat police station.

Uriagaon, 5km from Nagaon district headquarters, is under Itachali outpost of Sadar police station.

The police’s action, however, further enraged the villagers, who attacked the police personnel on duty.

They threw stone at the policemen and damaged three police vehicles. The crisis led to mild lathicharge from the police to control the situation.

The injured policemen were admitted to the local civil hospital.

Nagaon additional superintendent of police (head quarters) Singharam Mili said an investigation would be conducted to find out the reasons behind the accident and the subsequent attack on police personnel.

This is the second such incident in central Assam’s Nagaon district in the past two months.

In September, Panikhati villagers torched a Maruti Gypsy belonging to the convoy of hills area development minister Khorsing Engti after the latter’s car killed a minor crossing the road.

“Failure of the police administration in reining in a section of errant drivers led to the killing of an innocent man. We want the truck driver punished,” said Rubul Bhuyan of Uriagaon.