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1 dead, 3 injured in tripper accident

SILCHAR, March 3: Tripper movement has become a cause of concern in view of the series of accidents taking place both in the urban and rural areas. Though reasons are yet to be made public by the police handling the cases, one of them, as is being surmised in public, is the heaviness of the machine and also the inefficiency and lack of experience as well as drunkenness on the part of drivers on the seat. Last past midnight, an unloaded tripper severed off on the Central Road of this town and almost mounted on the footpath and rammed through electric and telephone posts, snapping the power and communication lines, besides causing damages to cable lines. The driver, yet to be identified, fled away after the accident. According to a night guard of a complex, the driver was in a drunken state.
Quite recently, a tripper loaded with soil with the number plate of AS 11 AC 9511 also during the midnight severed off the NH 53 near Sontosh Gas Agency on the approach to Chiri bridge at Fulertal in the Lakhipur sub division of Cachar, 30 km from here, and rolled down to hit 6 labourers who were working in a drainage system. As a result of which, Nandesh Mirza (27), resident of Dilkhush tea estate, died on the spot, 3 others identified as Sopu Goala (18) of Dilkhush, Bikram Rickyasan (50) of Dewan, and Ratan Goala (55) of Labac were injured. While Sopu and Bikram sustained light injuries, Ratan was seriously injured and was admitted in the nearby Lamina rural clinic.
The driver was believed to be in a state of drunkenness and after the accident fled away from the scene. He was yet to be arrested, though Lakhipur police has launched a man–hunt. The vehicle was taken under police custody after it came under barrages of attacks with all sorts of handy missiles by the angry and agitated crowd. The vehicle was badly damaged. Quite tragic was the death of Nandesh Mirza who was newly married, barely fortnight ago, to Renuka Mirza. The swelling crowd after the accident took the body of Nandesh Mirza on the middle of the Silchar–Imphal Highway 53 and blocked the movement of all sorts of vehicles following morning for long 4 hours. The blockade was lifted with the intervention of SDO (Civil) Nabarun Bhattacharjee and SDPO Anjan Pandit who reached the spot with a contingent of police and CRPF. It was demanded by the people that adequate compensation should be paid to Renuka Mirza and she should be provided with a job in ICDS centre immediately. Besides, the demand was raised for causing inquiry into the accident on the open Highway without any traffic movement to ascertain the cause or causes. After SDO (Civil) gave assurance in writing to meet their demands, the blockade was lifted. The vehicle owner as an immediate relief handed over Rs 20,000 to the widow of Nandesh. (Source: SentinelAssam)