2 college students run over in Kolkata, mob torches buses, pelt stones
Two college students mowed down by a bus reportedly jumped signal at Chingrighata crossing on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (EM Bypass), an arterial road of Kolkata on Saturday.
The accident occurred at 11 am at the busy Chingrighata crossing. The local people alleged that the bus jumped a traffic signal and hit the two men - Biswajit Bhuiyan and Sanjay Banik, both first-year college students - who live in a locality close to the accident site, PTI reported. The bus driver then fled the spot, reports said.
Soon after the incident, clashes erupted between locals and police in the area.
Agitated mob started pelting stones on cars and at the police that had rushed to the spot.
The police resorted to lathicharge to take a control of the situation.
At least three hours after the incident, with the situation spinning out of control, the police started a "push back" of the angry crowds into the Shantinagar 'bustee' adjacent to the bypass. But as stone pelting continued, police fired teargas shells. Several police personnel were reportedly injured in the brick-batting from rooftops and from the roads, reports NDTV.
Despite caning the agitated mob, the cops were left helpless as protesters set afire four buses, vandalised a police vehicle and attacked a fire engine that came to douse the fire in the buses.
Local Trinamool Congress MLA Sujit Basu, who reached the spot, said senior police officers will speak to the locals to address their grievances.