The Hush Post| 9: 40 am | one-minute-read
To escape being caught by the police, a DCM truck ferrying cattle ran over seven persons, including four children. The seven victims were asleep inside a hut. All seven were killed on the spot, in Maldah village under Ilia police station area of Chandauli district on Tuesday morning.
According to the police, the cattle were allegedly being smuggled. The accident took place when the driver of the truck panicked on being spotted by a Dial 100 police team. Seeing the police team, the driver raised his speed near Maldah village in an attempt to flee. Thereafter, he lost control and sped over the seven innocent victims. Locals immediately rushed to the spot, but the driver and cleaner managed to make a vanishing act. The DCM loaded with cattle was on its way to Bihar, police said.
Superintendent of police Santosh Singh has suspended Ilia police station officer Nagendra Pratap Singh and SSI Ashok Yadav while inspector Ghanshyam Mishra, who was in-charge of Chakia police station, has been sent to the lines.
According to the police, the deceased were kin of 65-year-old Kallu, a landless farmer. On Monday evening, Kallu went to the field of another farmer and slept there. After dinner, Kallu’s wife Shyama Devi (60), her son Ramkishun, (32) daughter-in-law Suhagin (28) and grandchildren Nisha (10), Munni (6), Golu (8), and Molu (4) were sleeping in the hut along the road.
Sub-divisional magistrate Chakia Deeptidev Yadav, circle officer Kunwar Prabhat Singh, station officer Nagendra Pratap Singh reached the spot, but were forced to withdraw following opposition from enraged locals.
The police team has said it was trying to arrest the smugglers. Though, the locals alleged that the police personnel didn’t take action against the cattle smugglers in time, which led to the tragic accident. They demanded action against the police personnel, compensation and a government job for Kallu’s son Munib. DM Chahal and SP Singh promised them land and compensation of Rs 5 lakh for 18-year-old Munib. They also said they would try to get monetary assistance from the chief minister’s relief fund.