Nawarangpur, 3 September
The death of a school girl today on NH-26 that passes through Nawarangpur has brought to the fore the alleged callousness of National Highway Authority of India in repairing the road which is riddled with potholes.
An aggrieved mob turned violent after eleven-year-old Diptimayee Behera, a student of a local girls’ high school, was run over by a truck bearing Chattisgarh registration number.
Several persons, including a journalist, were injured in the melee
“The mob staged a road blockade on the NH-26 for quite some time and also pelted stones at police as well as on the erring truck. Police used baton to chase them away,” said an eyewitness.
Sources said that tensioned continued to prevail in the Triveni junction and bus stand market complex the whole day even as the shopkeepers brought down their shutters.
Police said that the situation was brought under control.
“We have registered a case against the driver of the truck and seized the vehicle. Two platoon of police have been deployed to avert further untoward incident,” said IIC of Town police station, Mr Ramesh Chandra Bisoyi.
Many local shopkeepers pointed out that the lack of sufficient space by the sides of the traffic post led to the accident, while several others blamed the poor condition of the road, filled with potholes and waterlogged, for the mishap.
“The whole of the main road of Nawarangpur town is riddled with potholes and water logging. The NHAI officials are totally callous,” said Mr Lakhya Panda, a local resident.
It may be mentioned here that collector Ms Yamini Sarangi had recently directed the NHAI to repair the main road and fill the potholes, but the orders failed to yield while people continued to suffer.