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Cableman held for biker death

A tangled mass of cables on Rawdon Street. Picture by Pradip Sanyal

Karaya: Police arrested a cable operator in Topsia on Monday night on negligence charges for leaving behind cables on a road that killed a motorcyclist earlier in the day.

Cops picked up Zakir Hossain, 37, alias Tinku, from his home on Avinash Choudhury Lane.

He has been booked under Section 304A of the IPC that deals with causing death by negligence.

The charge carries a maximum punishment of two years in jail and/or fine.

Mohammad Tausib Alam, 18, a resident of Beniapukur's Kasaipara Lane, was riding on the Park Circus bridge on Monday morning when his bike wheels got entangled in a heap of cables on the eastern flank.

Alam, who wasn't wearing a helmet according to cops, was flung on the road. He died at hospital of head injuries.

After the accident, cops removed the bunch of cables lying along the flank leading towards the Park Circus crossing.

Thousands of vehicles headed to the city centre from the Bypass-end ply along the stretch every day.

Dangling cables are a common sight in the city but none of the officers Metro spoke to could recall any past arrest of a cable operator for negligence.

"While installing cables, operators usually leave the loose or extra ends dangling," a retired police officer said.

"Instead of snipping the cables once the work is over, they keep it stacked on the spot for possible future use. If they cut the cables, they would need a box to connect them if the need arises."

The retired officer said cops had done the "right thing" by booking Hossain and that it would act as a deterrent to such cable operators.

Hossain owns a cable operating business in the name of "Sama", whose office is on Avinash Choudhury Lane, an officer of Karaya police station said.

He provides cable connection to hundreds of homes in the Topsia-Beniapukur area.

"Such accidents can be averted if traffic cops alert police stations about cable lying unattended on roads or directly ask the civic body to remove them," an officer not connected with the investigation said.

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