Friday, July 4, 2008

Minister’s car crushes villager to death

Statesman News Service
BANKURA, July 3: The official vehicle of state tribal welfare minister Ms Deblina Hembram was involved in a hit and run case near Barjora in Bankura district early this morning while she was on her way to Kolkata.
Police said the minister’s escort car was hit by a truck on Bankura-Durgapur Road and it rammed into Ms Hembram’s vehicle. The minister’s driver lost control and crushed to death one Biswanath Nandi (48), a resident of Radhurbaid village under Gangajalghanti, who was waiting beside the road along with his 14-year-old son.
Biswanath died on the spot while both the minister’s official vehicle and escort car escaped from the spot apprehending public outrage. The incident occurred around 8 a.m. today. The victim’s son, Kajol, said: “The car suddenly changed its route and hit my father. I was helpless as the minister’s car vanished in moments towards Durgapur barrage.” Ms Hembram, a member of the Legistative Assembly for Ranibandh, Bankura was on her was to Kolkata via Durgapur Expressway.
Mr Rabindranath Mukherjee, the assistant superintendent of police, Bankura later said: “The escort car was hit by a speeding truck and it rammed into the minister’s vehicle that lost control and hit the farmer who was standing beside the road. A case has been registered and the driver of the government vehicle is likely to surrender soon.” However, till reports last came in, the minister’s driver was yet to surrender to police.
The Statesman tried to contact Ms Hembram, both at her residence and on her cell phone several times. But, she was not available at her residence and her cell phone was found to be constantly switched off.
It may be recalled that in 2004, the official vehicle of Mr Subhas Chakraborty, state transport minister, had crushed to death a motorcyclist at ABL crossing in Durgapur. Mr Chakraborty later visited the family and also compensated its bereaved members.

Source: The Statesman, July 4, 2008

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