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The death of two persons, including an expecting mother, on Saturday has awakened the administration to realise that wreckers at the disposal of police is essential.

Besides, it has also decided to implement norms strictly for smooth operating of traffic system here.

Divisional commissioner Minaj Alam, expressing serious concern over the frequent snarls, gave some tips to the local police like arrangements for wrecker and traffic management.

On Saturday, vehicles of different types were stuck in a massive traffic jam of 30km because of breakdown of a tractor and three trucks on three different parts on the Vikramshila Ganga bridge. The bridge that connects the NH-80 with the NH-31 is very important for traffic movement and remained defunct since Friday midnight till Saturday evening. The queue of vehicles went from Ghogha on the NH-80 to Naugachia on NH-31.

In Bhagalpur, roads from Zero Mile to Katcharichak via Tilkamanjhi Chowk had faced a long line of vehicles.

Nandkishore Sha of Rangra block in Naugachia was taking his daughter, Rajni Devi (35), who was in advance delivery pain, to Bhagalpur. Rajni lost her life along with the foetus in absence of any treatment after the ambulance on which she was on way to Bhagalpur, trapped inside the jam over more than four hours on Saturday. Another ambulance, trapped in the bridge jam, claimed the life of S. Prasad (86) of Parmanandpur in Khagaria district.

According to Prasad’s son RPC Verma, the principal of Shanker Sha Vikramshila College, Kahalgaon, they were on way to JLNMC Hospital, Bhagalpur, but was stuck on the bridge around 9am on Saturday till 1pm when he died without any medical treatment. “There was not a single policeman there. We even sent one person on motorcycle for bringing medicine but due to the jam, the man could not even reach on time. We were compelled to watch helplessly the pathetic end of my father there,” Verma sobbed.

Bhagalpur SSP Rajesh Kumar said the district administration had sent a requisition of a wrecker immediately. “Since we don’t have any wrecker, we are facing difficulties to handle the situation like on Saturday. We have decided to hire a wrecker temporarily till we get a permanent one,” he said.

“Saturday was not an isolated case of such a jam. We face it almost every day for the last seven-eight months,” said Sintu Kumar, an autorickshaw driver.

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