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Around 70 Cars Vandalized in South Kolkata Complex By Unruly Mob

By: Prema Rajaram

Edited By: Smrithin Satishan

CNN-News18

Last Updated: September 19, 2016, 00:13 IST

Residents inspect the damaged cars outside their locality in South Kolkata

Residents inspect the damaged cars outside their locality in South Kolkata

Police have detained 4 persons in the case of vandalizing cars and property.

The residents of a posh South Kolkata multi-storeyed complex woke up on a Sunday morning to the horror of 70 cars being vandalized by a mob of around 100 people with bricks, stones and whatever they found in sight.

Around 8:20 AM some residents who were downstairs taking a stroll were in for a shock when one of the men asked a lady regarding a certain person who lived in the complex.

"Before I could understand who they were referring to or reply, they started vandalizing the lobby and car," Says Mrs.Daga.

The cause of the outrage was the death of a 24-year-old boy who was one of the three on a scooty which was hit by a Mercedes car in the adjacent Hazra area in the wee hours of Sunday morning around 2:55 AM.

All three were taken to hospital where one died and two were injured while the accused behind the wheels fled. The family and friends of the victim believed the accused was from the ‘Fort Oasis’ residential complex and went about vandalizing cars demanding the accused come forward.

However the accused is not a resident of the complex. One resident who watched the horror unfold from her balcony says, "They had poured kerosene on a car and that is when the Police came in."

The residents of the building were in shock till the evening as the mob protested again outside the building premises around 5PM and the Police shooed them away.

Meanwhile at Hazra crossing close to where the accident took place, protesters had to be lathi-charged in the evening too when the body of the deceased was taken to the burning ghat.

Police have detained 4 persons in the case of vandalizing cars and property.

Residents however are unhappy at Police inaction, claiming Police came in almost an hour later. They will be holding protests to being the issue security lapse and demanding justice.

On the other hand, the victim's family and friends still demand the accused be arrested. It is still not clear who was behind the wheels when the accident took place. The Police are not taking chances and have tightened security in and around the building premises.

first published:September 19, 2016, 00:06 IST
last updated:September 19, 2016, 00:13 IST