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Two bike-borne youths killed in Mango road mishap

Jamshedpur, Nov. 26: Two bike-borne teenagers were killed on Old Purulia Road under the Azadnagar police station area on Thursday morning.

Those killed were identified as Mohammed Tausif (16) and Mohammed Kadir (14), both school-going boys were residents of Rahmatnagar in adjoining Kapali area.

The two teenagers were run over by a sand-laden truck when they were going for their tuition classes on a bike.

Soon after the mishap, vehicular communication between Pardih and Mango came to standstill for about five hours as local residents set up a blockade to protest the accidental deaths.

Sources informed that neither of the victims had put on helmets, nor did they have driving license. Nevertheless, they were driving at a high speed while coming to the Old Purulia Road from their house.

As the news of the accident spread, about 150 agitated youth arrived at the scene of mishap and put up the blockade, demanding adequate compensation for the deceased families. The mishap victims’ bodies were also lying at the spot till the blockade was lifted.

Though the policemen tried to remove the protestors and make way to recover the bodies, a section of agitated protestors put up a stiff resistance.

The protestors not only refused to let the policemen recover the bodies, but also stoned the police ambulance as well as the Rapid Action forces vehicles. They continued to squat on the road while demanding Rs 10 lakh as compensation to each of the victim’s families and also government job.

Azadnagar police station officer-in-charge, Anjani Kumar later said that the protestors left the scene of mishap at about 3 p.m., and this happened only after they gave the protestors a verbal assurance that the administration will recommend for government jobs to one member from each of the victims� families.

The driver of the killer sand-landen truck had fled the spot after the mishap and parked the vehicle in front of Azadnagar police station.

The agitated protestors had also tried to set the stationary truck (JH05X-7245) on fire. Since the truck was parked in a densely-populated area, they tried to push the truck onto the middle of the road and set it ablaze. However, their plans were foiled due to intervention of local people. Nevertheless, the protestors damaged the truck.

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