Two men allegedly assaulted a cab driver, hijacked his taxi and went on a rampage in North-24 Parganas late Monday, mowing down a 45-year-old woman and injuring five others.
The police arrested the two, who were allegedly drunk, when they stopped their car in a narrow lane and tried to escape. An FIR has been registered against them.
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At around 11.45 pm on Monday, the two accused — Mohammad Usman (26) and Pittu Akhtar (23) — hired a cab at Shobabazar and told the driver, Ram Kumar Shaw, that they wanted to go to Kamarhati, said police.
After they crossed Dunlop More, they ordered Shaw to hand over the car keys to them. When Shaw refused, they allegedly held him by the collar and assaulted him. They then forced Shaw to sit in the back seat while Akhtar took the wheel and began to drive at breakneck speed.
A few locals noticed the speeding cab pass by when they heard the screams of the driver from the back seat, after which they began to chase the taxi. To avoid getting caught, the two accused suddenly swerved into Harimohan Chatterjee Road, a narrow street on Ellias Road, Agarpara, and ran over one Sheila Das (45).
Police said while Das succumbed, four of her relatives and a neighbour, who were also with her at the time of the incident, are undergoing treatment.
The accused then drove a little further, but began to slow down when they saw that people had gathered on the road ahead. They stopped the taxi and tried to flee, but locals managed to nab them and handed them over to a patrolling police team that rushed to the spot.
“The two accused were arrested on the spot. The driver of the taxi had fled out of fear. Later, he lodged a complaint in Khardah police station against the two accused. A kidnapping case has been registered on the basis of the driver’s complaint,” said a police officer.
He added that another case under sections 299 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the IPC has been registered on the basis of a complaint filed by a relative of Das.
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