Atleast five college students have died in a tragic head-on collision with a speeding truck on National Highway 6, in Cachar district of southern Assam’s Barak Valley on Wednesday afternoon.
The National Highway 6 originates from Jorabat in Meghalaya and passes through all the three districts of Barak Valley — Kalain to Badarpur town in Badarpur district via Katigorah in Cachar district and then after passing through Hailakandi district, it ends at Mizoram.
According to police, the students – six in an Maruti Alto Car – who were also speeding were travelling from Badarpur towards Kalain when they met with accident in Katigorah.
“The car, on being rammed by the truck fell in a ditch about 50 metres away from the spot of the incident, while two of the students were recovered dead on the spot, three others were declared dead on arrival,” police said.
“Only one of the students is undergoing treatment on sustaining grievous injuries in Silchar Medical College and Hospital,” Katigorah officer-in-charge, Nayanmani Singha said.
He said all the youths were students of NC College in Badarpur town and were residents of Gumrah in Kalain subdivision.
The driver and the handyman of the heavily loaded truck that hit them, however, fled the scene immediate after the accident.
“We have initiated a man-hunt to arrest them,” police said.
Meanwhile, the accident have enraged the locals of Katigorah who had been faced with close shave with death in multiple occassions due to speeding on the highway.
“About four days ago, in November 28, two persons have died around the same spot due to a similar accident. There are speed limit signs put all along the road, but nobody pays heed to it.”
A crowd had also gathered to protest the accidents who raised “Assam Police Hai Hai!” slogans when the Additional SP of Cachar Jagadish Das arrived at the place of incident.