A fourteen-year-old girl, Sneha Gupta, went to school to give her Geography and Environmental Science Exam early morning on Saturday, only to never return home.
A student of eighth standard, she had stepped out with her friend on her bicycle to attend her school at Alipore Taxal Vidhyapeeth School near Taratalla Mint. But on her way home, she met with an accident and lost her life.
Around 8.30 a.m. when Sneha, a resident of Sarkapur near Vivekananda Park, was cycling back to home, a vehicle with a crane coming close to their cycle blew a loud horn that panicked Sneha and her friend. Her classmate being seated at the back jumped to the left side while Sneha’s cycle glided towards the right and she fell on the road.
The driver of the crane instead of applying the brakes drove over Sneha crushing her upper part of the left side of her body apart. Meanwhile, her friend also received injuries on the right hand but they were minor. The locals seeing the driver trying to escape, chased the crane but he managed to flee with the keys.
According to the locals, rash driving is a regular practice in this area. Getting furious at the death of the girl, a mob of around 2,500 people from the local area gathered and protested against rash driving.
The mob also vandelised a government bus and blocked the entire route for about two hours. They also tried to chase the local police on arrival and had altercations with the traffic surgeont.
Ramesh, a resident of the area who was among the agitators, said, “The area is so unsafe here that we are scared to send our children to school. Even elders are scared to go out. Though the accidents are very common here, no action is taken ever to regulate the traffic system.”
The family of the deceased also complained about the delayed action of the police. According to them, the body was lying on the spot for almost two hours.