Speeding lorry mows down three girls

Speeding lorry mows down three girls

A speeding lorry mowed down three girls, who were crossing the road on their way to school near Halakundi on Bellary-Bangalore Road in Bellary on Thursday morning. The accident occurred at around 8.45 am.

Bellary Rural police said the sisters Saziya Anjum, 7 and Naziya Anjum, 6, daughters of Mehboobsaab and Shabana Begum, 7, daughter of late Iqbal, were all residents of Halakundi. The houses of girls, who were cousins, were located next to the Bidar-Srirangapatna State Highway.

Police said that the driver of the lorry, which was transporting cement bags to Chitradurga from Bellary, lost control of the vehicle which rammed  the girls.

The driver fled the spot. The girls were students of class I and class II of a private school located at a Mutt on the outskirts of the village. Shabana’s father Iqbal had died in a similar accident last year.

Road blocked

People gathered in large numbers as soon as the news of the accident spread.
They staged a snap stir and blocked the Bellary-Bangalore Road demanding the authorities concerned put a check onthe speeding lorries.

The protesters, who demanded speed breakers, said that the authorities concerned were not taking any action against the speeding lorry drivers.

An overbridge should be constructed near the village for the safety of the residents. Further, a ring road should be constructed on the outskirts of the village for the goods carriers, they said. When the protesters attempted to torch the lorry, police prevented them and brought the situation under control.   SP Chandra Gupta, DySP Rudramuni, Inspector Sulaiman, SI Somashekar and others visited the spot. A case has been registered by the Bellary Rural police station.

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