Two cyclists killed in nighttime accidents in Kolkata

KOLKATA: Two cyclists died in two separate accidents in the city between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, a 37-year-old man riding a scooter was hit by an unidentified vehicle at the crossing of EM Bypass and Tagore Park. A police patrol found Sajal Goswami seriously injured, bleeding from his head. He had a helmet, but possibly he had come out because of the impact of the accident, police said.

The police quickly took him to a nearby private hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Police initiated a case of death due to negligence, but could not arrest anyone until late Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday, three young people riding a bicycle encountered an accident after the cyclist, Pradip Mondal, somehow lost control of the bicycle and crashed into a road divider. While the three young men, Mondal, Subhankar Bhattacharjee and Manoj Halder were transferred to a subdivisional hospital, Mondal's condition deteriorated and he was transferred to the SSKM Hospital. Later on Sunday, Mondal succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, up to 842 people were arrested for disorderly conduct and 1066 people were prosecuted for driving unsafely on a special trip conducted by Kolkata police to control night crimes and prevent reckless driving in the city between Saturday for the night and the first hours of Sunday. According to the police, the unit, called block raids, was carried out throughout the Calcutta police jurisdiction between 9 am on Saturday and 1 am on Sunday when the police, under the supervision of senior officials as divisional commissioners , assistant commissioners and officers in charge of several police stations, the detective department and the traffic department - broke into criminal lairs based on intelligence information and established naka posts throughout the city seizing 27 illegal firearms, 525 liters of illicit liquor and 11 vehicles.