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Youth Held in Kolkata for Rash Driving, Hitting Police Vehicle during I-day Parade Rehearsal

Representative image.

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The incident is reminiscent of the 2016 Red Road hit-and-run case in which an Air Force official was killed by a speeding car during a Republic Day parade rehearsal on the Red Road.

A youth was arrested on Tuesday morning from the city's Maidan area for driving dangerously and hitting one police vehicle before breaking through a couple of guard rails in the Red Road area during an Independence Day parade rehearsal there, police said.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which took place around 6.45 am and the vehicle was seized, the police said.

The incident is reminiscent of the 2016 Red Road hit-and-run case in which an Air Force official was killed by a speeding car during a Republic Day parade rehearsal on the Red Road.

On Tuesday morning, the 19-year-old man drove his blue sedan from Kidderpore area, ignoring police guards when they tried to stop him from approaching the Red Road area where the rehearsal was on, an officer of Maidan Police Station said.

The youth, a resident of Bondel Road area, accelerated his sedan and hit a police van parked there and then a coupl eof traffic guard rails placed there to block the entry of vehicles to the Red Road during the Independence Day rehearsal by the Army, he said.

"The youth was driving at a very high speed and it seems that was why he failed to control it. There was nobody else in the car. We are talking to him and a medical test will be conducted to find whether he was intoxicated or not," the officer said.

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