Three school children crushed to death by lorry

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Kolkata, Feb 15 (IANS) Three school children were killed and another injured as they were run over by a lorry in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Monday, police said.

The speeding lorry hit the children, aged 5-8 years, at Math Colony on the Belgharia expressway where they were waiting for a bus.

Three of the victims died on the spot, while the fourth was battling for his life in a hospital.

Protesting against the incident, angry residents put up a road blockade and torched two police jeeps. They also allegedly burnt one police firearm.

The protesters said tempers shot up after police cane-charged them. Police, however, denied having made any cane charge.

The locals also alleged that the lorry — filled with sand — was travelling at a breakneck speed to avoid a chasing police vehicle.

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“Police regularly stops lorries and trucks on the expressway to demand money. The lorry driver was trying to escape police, one of whose jeeps was on the lorry’s trail,” claimed a witness.

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