The Telegraph
Friday , April 29 , 2016

Licence check after fatal mishap

Guwhati, April 28: The Kamrup (metro) district transport department will start a driver's licence verification drive for commercial vehicles, following the death of a student who was ran over by a bus in Christian Basti here today.

Police said Sibojit Basumatary, 22, a graduate student of City College, was travelling on a scooter on the left lane of GS Road and was hit from behind by a speeding bus at Christian Basti. He died on the spot.

"Basumatary, who hailed from Baksa, was immediately sent to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, but he was declared brought dead. We have seized both the bus and the scooter of the victim," traffic police official of Dispur police station Naba Kumar Saikia said.

The accident was followed by an irate mob vandalising the bus.

"People attacked the bus after the accident and tore the seats and broke the windows. Three persons have been arrested," said officer in-charge of Dispur police station Mridul Baruah.

"The driver, taking advantage of the chaos, fled. We are searching for him," Baruah said.

The incident also resulted in a massive traffic jam in the Christian Basti area that lasted for around an hour.

"Reckless driving by city bus drivers has been a perennial problem for residents ," said district transport officer Gautam Das.

"Despite several drives and checking, city buses continue# to wreak havoc. So, we will soon contact the commercial vehicle drivers' associations and organise a driver's licence verification programme. Verification will include checking their knowledge on traffic rules and regulations and driving skills," Das told The Telegraph this evening.

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