Four policemen on vehicle- checking duty and a bystander were crushed to death by a speeding truck in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district late on Sunday night.
Five other policemen were also injured in the incident that took place on the national highway 28 near Akuraha village in Panapur outpost area, 30 km west of Muzaffarpur and 81 km north of Patna.
The injured policemen included deputy superintendent of police (west) Krishna Murari Prasad and Panapur outpost officer in-charge DN Jha. They have been admitted to a private nursing home at Muzaffarpur.
Police said the team, led by the DSP, was checking vehicles near Akuraha village when the truck, coming from Motihari side, rammed into their vehicle. The truck driver managed to escape after the accident.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Kumar, who visited the accident site along with district magistrate Dharmendra Singh, said, “Prima facie, it appears that the truck was at a high speed and the driver lost control over the vehicle. Whether the driver was in an inebriated condition or fell asleep on the wheels will be known only when he is arrested.”
This is the second incident of road accident in the last six months in which police personnel have been killed in north Bihar.
Earlier on April 15, seven policemen and a Maoist prisoner were killed when a prisoners van rammed into a stationary truck on national highway-77 near Gaighat village in Runnisaidpur police station area, 25 km south of neighbouring Sitamarhi.