Locals clashed with the police and indulged in arson for over an hour after violence triggered by the death of a 13-year-old girl in a road accident in Mankapur police station area of Gonda district Thursday morning.
Several policemen were injured in the clash, and had to lathi-charge and lob teargas shells to control the unruly mob, which had gathered after the death demanding immediate action against the driver of the motorcycle which hit the girl, causing her death, police said.
The girl, Premshila, was hit by a bike in Bandaura village in Mankapur while going to school around 10 am, police said. Mankapur Circle Officer Amit Kishor Srivastava said the boy who was driving the motorbike took the girl to a hospital where she died during treatment. The boy ran away from the hospital upon learning of the girl’s death.
Agitated over the incident, villagers who had gathered at the accident site torched the motorbike which had already been seized by the police. Placing the body on the road in Mankapur town, the protesters started brick-batting demanded that “the accused be arrested immediately and handed over to them,” said Gonda SP Anil Kumar Singh. They also reportedly torched some shops and bikes.
The SP said the situation was now under control and added that the police have accessed the name of the motorbike’s owner from the office of the Regional Transport Officer. An arrest was yet to be made. Srivastava said police was in the process of registering cases against those who indulged in violence.