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Thursday , December 13 , 2012
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Student died in hit-and-run

School student Vanshika Sikhwal, who died on Tuesday after stepping out of her home for a morning walk, was the victim of a hit-and-run, her post-mortem has suggested.

Neither Vanshika’s parents nor police, however, may ever know who was responsible for the 15-year-old’s death in the absence of CCTV surveillance near the girl’s home, where the accident occurred.

“The preliminary post-mortem report suggests Vanshika was injured by a vehicle,” said a senior officer of the traffic department.

Hopes of catching the killer vehicle, however, are bleak. “There are no CCTV cameras in the area. We have to depend on witnesses,” said a traffic officer.

Sources in the traffic police said that till Wednesday, no witnesses had been found. “We are trying to find someone who saw the accident. Otherwise, it’s difficult to identify the vehicle,” the officer said.

Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan, where Vanshika studied in Class X, observed a two-minute silence on Wednesday morning. A prayer service will be held in the school on December 21.

“We had a Children’s Day celebration slated for December 21 but after Vanshika’s sudden death, we have cancelled it,” said Sunita Sen, the school principal.

College clash

Four students of Hiralal Pal College in Konnagar, Hooghly, were injured in a clash between supporters of SFI and Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad over filing of nominations for the upcoming students’ union elections.

The four injured students — reportedly all SFI supporters — have been admitted to a hospital in Uttarpara.

Cheats held

Two men — Sadhan Ranjan Guha, 65, and his son Sabarna Guha, 35 — were arrested from their Regent Colony home on Wednesday on charges of duping 18 people, all of them Haridevpur residents, by promising them jobs as ticket collectors in the Metro Railway. The duo had allegedly collected Rs 15 lakh from them between December 2010 and January 2012. Sabarna has been remanded in 18 days’ police custody. Sadhan could not be produced in court as he has been hospitalised.

Woman identified

The woman whose body was recovered from a hotel in Lenin Sarani on Tuesday was identified as Malobika Mal, a Midnapore resident.