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.
“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.