A marketing manager of an electronics firm was crushed to death by a speeding truck in the heart of Bokaro steel city on Wednesday morning, and his body dragged for 200m.
Parmanand Gupta (32), who moved to the steel hub from Giridih 10 years ago, was on his motorcycle, heading towards the city park, when he was hit by the truck at Sector I, barely 200 metres from the superintendent of police’s residence, around 11.30am.
According to eyewitnesses, the truck driver was speeding recklessly in what is considered a high-security zone and in blatant violation of rules that do not allow entry of heavy vehicles in residential areas of Bokaro between 10am and 5pm.
After hitting Gupta, the truck coming from Patharrkatta Chowk in Sector V failed to stop, dragging along the victim and his two-wheeler. Shouts from passers-by who chased the truck finally got the driver to stop about 200 metres away from where he had first struck Gupta, but by then it was too late.
The driver of the truck, who tried to flee from the spot, was caught by passers-by and handed over to the police.
Nobody appeared to be around at Gupta’s Chas residence though police said his father had been informed.
His wife and two sons, aged six and nine, were also reportedly away in Giridih for Chhath.
While the body has been sent for post-mortem to the Chas subdivisional hospital, a case of negligent driving has been lodged at City police station.