The Thuampui locality was brought under curfew after the mob violence over running over of a local child who was thought dead.
The incident occurred when a BRTF vehicle drove away into the BRTF compound after running over a local child, Suraj Karki on the road. While the child’s father, Bhola Karki and his neighbours rushed the unconscious child to the hospital, others of the locality went to the BRTF demanding that the absconding driver be surrendered to the police. Local sources said that the crowd believed that the child was dead.
Faced with such a demand, the BRTF authorities allegedly told the mob leaders that the vehicle and the driver had not entered the compound at all.
As there were witnesses who saw the vehicle running into the compound, the mob’s anger boiled over. A heavy police bandobust could not stop them from rushing into the area and wreaking havoc.
Police said that the crowd set fire to the wet canteen, and clothing store while some other Assam type houses also caught fire. A Gypsy and a Bolero were burnt down while another vehicle was half burnt. Local sources said that the fire services was prevented from dousing the fire by the angry mob, while the police who rushed to the area dared not face the mob violence.
Finally, the driver, Phillip Soren was surrendered to the police who took him to Bawngkawn police station. An FIR has been filed. The child has recovered after undergoing treatment.
The Police told local press that the curfew has been lifted and the area is calm now.