Two students die, mob attacks cops

A mob tried to lynch three policemen after two trucks mowed down two students in different places in the district on Wednesday.

By GAUTAM SARKAR in Bhagalpur
  • Published 13.09.18
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Kunal Chakrovorty being rushed to JLNMCH. Picture by Gautam Sarkar

Bhagalpur: A mob tried to lynch three policemen after two trucks mowed down two students in different places in the district on Wednesday.

Two college students were run over in Naugachia and Pirpainti.

A mob tried to lynch the cops in Pirpainti when they tried to take a student's body for a post-mortem. The injured cops were rushed to JLNMCH and the condition of an injured inspector was stated to be serious.

Around 11am, a truck ran over Rahul Kumar (16) a first-year intermediate student in Gajadhar Bhagat College, Naugachia. The incident occurred near Kamakhya petrol pump beside NH-31 under Naugachia police station when the truck rammed into Rahul's motorcycle. In the second incident, Anjit Kumar Yadav (17), a second-year intermediate student at Pirpainty College was mowed down. The deceased, a resident of Kuchbanna village was returning from Sivnarayanpur when the truck from Sahebganj (Jharkhand) collided with his motorcycle near Sadhumathiya village on NH-80, some 2km away from Pirpainti township.

According to Kahalgaon sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Dilnawaj Ahmad, under whose jurisdiction Pirpainti falls, a team led by Pirpainti circle inspector Kunal Chakrovorty rushed to the spot. When the cops tried to carry the body for a post-mortem, the mob from nearby villages attacked them. Chakrovorty tried to control the situation but was surrounded and attacked with weapons. "The mob was ready to lynch the cops but they were saved by the intervention of some local residents. The villagers rushed the injured cops to the local PHC at Pirpainti from where they were referred to JLNMCH," said the SDPO.

Doctors at the casualty ward of JLNMCH said the condition of Chakrovorty was serious and he has been kept in observation for the next 72 hours. Rajendra Kumar, an ASI-rank officer and a SAP personnel, who suffered injuries at the hands of the mob, were stated to be out of danger.

Ahmad said police managed to seize one of the trucks but the driver and his helper managed to escape.

Ahmad who has been camping at Pirpainti told The Telegraph that raids have been started to identify people involved in the lynching attempt.