In a new twist to the Jajpur road mishap in which a woman and her daughter were killed yesterday after being hit by a truck near Barada chowk on the National Highway (NH) No. 53 under Jenapur Police limits, the Police on Thursday revealed that the truck driver intentionally mowed down the scooter of the woman following an altercation.
According to sources, the police took suo-moto cognizance into the case and arrested the truck driver.
The woman, identified as Srutika Chakravorty, and her daughter Lipika Chakravorty were returning to their home in Sukinda on a scooter after attending eleventh-day death ritual in Kendrapara.
While returning, the truck driver overtook them on the wrong side. After the incident, an altercation broke out between Lipika and the truck driver. When the minor altercation began to turn more violent, locals intervened and calmed both of them down.
However, the truck driver intentionally mowed down their scooter resulting in their death on the spot, sources added.
“The quarrel broke out near our house, after hearing about that, we went to the spot and got to know that truck driver misbehaved with Srutika,” said a local.
He added, “We tried to calm the situation and sent all of them on their ways. Later we heard about the accident”.
According to the eyewitnesses, Lipika slapped the driver before leaving the spot while the latter threatened to kill the mother-daughter duo.
After getting information about the accident, Jenapur Police had rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies and sent them for autopsy.