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Bengal police gear up to avert accidents

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

The death of two students in a road rage at Chingrigahata on Saturday has made the state administration and the police authorities to sit up and take notice. As part of its bid to set the ball rolling to avert recurrence of accidents at Chingrighata, a high-level meeting was held at the state Assembly.

The state urban development minister, Mr Firad Hakim, and Bidhannagar MLA Sujit Bose along with KMDA offficials held a meeting in the state Assembly regarding Saturday’s accident and decided on the construction of a footbridge and an under pass.

“The police authorities of both Kolkata and Bidhannagar today met to make a headway in streamlining the road safety measures to avert recurrence of accidents there and came up with suggestions to build two foot bridges, an underpass and a separate cycle zone to begin with,” a senior police official who was part of the delegation told newspersons.

The footbridge is one of the key demands of the local residents of Shantinagar, where the accident had happened. The proposal mooted today would be sent to the state secretariat at Nabanna and KMDA for approval. Sumit Kumar, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Police (1), traffic department, said: “We have evinced a plan to carve some special roads for the bikers, pedestrians and the cyclists to begin with.

“For this, we along with the officials from the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and the local MLA, Sujit Bose, have prepared a blueprint which is to be sent to the KMDA for undertaking feasibility study.” On Saturday, Biswajit Bhunia (19) and Sanjoy Banu (19), both first year students of Bangabasi College were crushed to death under the wheels of a private bus while returning home with sweets for a wedding ceremony.

The death, however, had sparked off a mob fury and snowballed into a pitched battle between the mob and the police sending the traffic on the arterial road virtually out of gear for about three hours. Two buses and a vehicle were set ablaze and many vehicles were vandalised. Police have arrested one person, Dilip Maiti (62), on charges of vandalism and damaging public property.