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Driver burnt to death after truck mows down student

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Sambalpur, Oct 26: A man was charred to death as the truck in which he was travelling was set afire by a mob after the vehicle hit a college student killing him on the spot in Jujumura area of Sambalpur district today, police said.

The student was identified as Karamchand Barge (17) of Amlipani. He was a First-Year student of Veer Surendra Sai College in Jujomura, they said.

The student was riding a bicycle when the accident took place. The truck ran over him at Ambalipali Chhak and overturned.

Infuriated by the death of the student, angry locals rushed to the spot and set the truck on fire when the man was inside the vehicle. The irate mob also staged a road blockade demanding compensation for the family of the student.

They blocked the Cuttack-Sambalpur National Highway-42 for around two hours. However, after submitting a memorandum to the collector of Sambalpur through the sub divisional police officer of Raiakhol, Abakash Routray, who had rushed to the spot, the mob withdrew the road blockade, police said.

Both fire brigade personnel and the police rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control.
SDPO Routray said, “A man, who was in the ill-fated vehicle, also died after the vehicle was set on fire.”

However, he could not confirm whether the man who burnt to death was the driver of the truck.

“The identification can be ascertained after the inquiry is complete,” he said. (PTI)

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