Hundreds of angry residents blocked the Sanand-Viramgam highway for more than two hours after a 78-year-old man was run over by a speeding truck on Wednesday morning in Sanand town,some 10 km away from Ahmedabad city.
The residents refused to take the body away from the road and demanded a speed breaker be constructed on the spot immediately.
According to police,one Bhailal J Thakkar,a resident of Sanand,was mowed down by the truck around 9.30 am. Moments later,hundreds of residents gathered at the spot and vandalised the truck. Police said the mob also tried to set the truck on fire.
When police arrived,the
protestors refused to take the body away and blocked the highway. They said a speed-breaker would have prevented the mishap and demanded its construction immediately. Since it was peak hour,the traffic stood still for more than two hours as trucks,cars and other vehicles got stuck in the traffic from both the sides of the road till 12 noon.
After rounds of negotiation with the senior cops,the L&T Construction,which is converting the highway into four lanes agreed to build the bumper. Niraj Kumar,deputy general manager of L&T,said the bumper was constructed after several senior police officials requested the company.
He said that over the last five years,the traffic that passes through the Sanand town has grown up like that in Ahmedabad city.
The industrial development of the area has also increased the traffic a great deal specially hundreds of large container trucks that passes through the town makes the area accident prone.