The mangled autorickshaw. Picture by Rishu Kalantri
Tinsukia: Three persons, including a 19-month-old and two women, died on the spot and 10 others seriously injured after an overloaded autorickshaw they were travelling in collided head-on with a Central Reserve Police Force truck on NH 37 near Tinsukia bypass on Monday.
The victims have been identified as Tilu Chetia and Nini Nath, both aged 40, and Dikshita Mech, the infant.
Sources said the autorickshaw, carrying 12 passengers, was coming from Panitola to Tinsukia. District transport officer S.R. Mannan said autorickshaws are divided into two categories according to their size. The seating capacity of a small auto-rickshaw is three passengers, while it’s six passengers for the bigger ones.
“We fined and suspended licences of several law-breakers during our drives to tackle this problem. However, this has hardly had any impact on errant passenger vehicle drivers,” he said.
A senior police official said, “The injured have been referred to Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh. A case has been registered and the truck and its driver have been brought to Tinsukia police station.” “Vehicles pick up passengers beyond their permissible limit and get off scot-free because of nexus between traffic police and district transport officials,” a local commuter said.
Rishu Kalantri Telegraph India