October 22, 2016 1:03:31 am
A 17-YEAR-OLD girl was killed and her two friends sustained injuries when a car hit them at Mahishadal in East Midnapore district while they were on way to attend tutions on Wednesday.
While the deceased has been identified as Madhumita Bag, her friends Sumita Bag and Pinki Nayak have been admitted to a hospital in Tamluk for treatment. All are students of Class XI in Tajpur High School.
The incident occurred around 3.45 pm at National Highway-41 near Garughata in Mahishadal — around 100 km from Kolkata.
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Eyewitnesses have claimed that the occupants of the Swift Desire car — cousins Dibyendu Sarkar (31) and Subrato Maity (30) — were chasing the three girls and passing lewd comments against them.
When the girls ignored them, they reportedly speed away, lost control of the car and it fell into a canal. In the process, the car hit the girls, killing Madhumita, a resident of Nandakumar Madhavpur area.
The police, however, denied the theory. “Dibyendu Sarkar and Subrato Maity have been arrested under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 302 (punishment for murder) and 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the IPC. We have recorded the statement of Sunita, who has denied that they were being teased. We are waiting to take Pinki’s statement… she is suffering from trauma and is not in a condition to speak,” SP (East Midnapore) Alok Rajoria.
“We are investigating all angles… Our investigation so far has revealed that there were only two persons inside the car at the time of the incident,” he added. The locals, however, have claimed that there were a third person in the car. “The girls tried to save themselves and shifted to the extreme corner of the road but still the vehicle hit them,” said Rana Mullick, a cycle rider who was passing through the area.
While Dibyendu is an executive in the Indian Oil Corporation, Subrato works in a private firm. Both are married and were returning from the regional transport office, said a police officer. “Dibyendu, who was driving the car, lost control due to over speeding… He has confessed that he was driving the car,” he added.
“When asked why did he suddenly come to the left side of the road when he was driving in the right, he claimed as he noticed some stones and other obstructions, he changed lanes… He denied that they had teased the girls. He said they had unknowingly committed a big mistake,” said another officer.
He added: “On eyewitnesses claiming that there was a huge sound before the car hit the girls, the accused said that by mistake, he pressed on the break and accelerator together, producing the sound.”
Meanwhile, state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Friday directed the police to strictly deal with accidents and slap “attempt to murder” charges in cases where drivers were found to be “negligent”. “I have directed my force to deal with accidents very seriously. In cases where drivers will be found negligent… If they are found to have continued driving knowing fully that this might cause loss of life they will be charged with attempt to murder,” he said.
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