STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Malda, 8 July
Police were accused of collecting bribe after youths died in a road accident last night at 16 Mile in the Baishnabnagar police station area. Police, however, denied the allegation and accused the deceased duo of rash driving violating traffic rules.
Surajit Mandal (26) and Nilu Mandal (27) were returning from Rajnagar village of Baishnabnagar to their house at Mothabari in the Kaliachak police station area riding a motorbike. They were run over by a speeding lorry at 16 Mile area and died on the spot.
The relatives of the deceased claimed that police suddenly stopped their bike and demanded money from them. Police allegedly tried to stop another speeding lorry too which in a bid to avoid the police personnel sped up further and hit the motorbike killing Nilu and Surajit on the spot.
Locals blocked the road in two phases after the incident claiming that police personnel often collected money illegally from the vehicle drivers and that resulted in such a fatal incident last night. Following the roadblock, traffic on NH-34 was paralysed for long resulting in passengers being inconvenienced.
The Inspector-in-charge of Baishnabnagar police station, Mr Manik Debnath, however, ruled out the allegation of illegally collecting money against police.