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Sharmili Mallick

Jajpur: A couple was killed while their eight-year-old daughter was critically injured after a motorcycle they were riding was hit by a speeding truck near Neulpur on NH-16 under Dharmasala police limits in Jajpur district on Sunday morning.

The deceased have been identified as Laxmikanta Matia and Manjulata of Badadeuli village under Karajia block of Mayurbhanj district.

The minor girl, Gayatri, who sustained multiple injuries in the road mishap, has been rushed to Dharmasala Community Health Centre for treatment.

The incident occurred this morning when the couple along with their daughter- Gayatri was heading to their house from Bhubaneswar and a speeding truck hit their motorcycle near Neulpur, said reports.

Manjulata died on the spot while Laxmikanta succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital, added reports.

Following the mishap, locals blocked NH-16 disrupting vehicular movement on the route. The agitating locals were demanding immediate arrest of the driver and compensation for the kin of the deceased.

On getting information, Dharmasala Police officials rushed to the spot and held talks with the agitators who lifted the road blocked following assurance that necessary action will be taken in connection with the incident.

(Edited By Vikash Sharma)

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