DIBRUGARH, Nov 20: Hundreds of workers from Jalan South tea estate took to the streets in Dibrugarh on Monday, protesting a fatal hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of one of their co-workers the day before.
The protestors gathered and blocked the busy RKB road in front of the Dibrugarh police station, expressing their frustration against what they perceive as police inaction on rash driving incidents.
On Sunday, Labanya Tanti, a 55-year-old worker from Jalan South tea estate, lost her life in a hit-and-run incident. Five others, Junali Tanti (55), Mina Bawari (40), Monju Saikia (52), Adhir Dey (65), and Samir Goriak (5), suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH).
According to the police, a car with registration number AS-06-W-7989 struck the pedestrians near the footpath vegetable market on Convoy road near Chowkidinghee Chariali around 3:15 pm. Witnesses reported that the speeding vehicle collided with a stationary van before hitting the pedestrians. The driver fled the scene without stopping.
Police later apprehended Sashi Agarwal, the driver of the car during the accident.
“The incident occurred due to reckless driving in a crowded street. We urge the police to take decisive action against rash driving. The person responsible for this tragic incident should face strict consequences,” stated one of the protestors.
Protestors emphasized the need for the police to take stringent action against reckless driving, which has been a growing concern. They highlighted the importance of enforcing traffic rules to prevent such accidents in the future.