Sharmili Mallick

Sambalpur: The city became a battleground today when hundreds of angry locals created uproarious scene outside the Town Police Station alleging inaction by the cops in the reported death of a minor boy in a road accident on Saturday morning.

At around 10 AM, a seven-year-old boy identified as Sahil was crossing the road in front of the Mahila Police Station in the town when a speeding car rushing through the way ran over the boy.

Though some people present at the spot immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital, Sahil was declared brought dead by the doctors.

"He was running across the road when he accidentally fell down. In the meantime, a speeding car ran over him twice and was trying to escape the spot when he was caught by the people. Instead of feeling sorry, the person on the driving seat threatened us of dire consequences," alleged a local.

Following the death of Sahil, the driver of the vehicle was detained by the police. Later, the family members and locals gathered outside the Town Police Station alleging the police officials were trying to shield the accused. Locals demanded compensation for the kin of the deceased and strict action against the driver.

"I have two sons. Sahil was the youngest. I am a poor person and earn on a daily basis, I want my son back and nothing else. Strict action should be taken against the accused," demanded Sahil's father who is a daily wage worker and deals in scrap.

Police, meanwhile, have also seized the vehicle and interrogating the driver, who is yet to be identified. Adequate police forces have been deployed outside the police station to prevent any untoward incident.

A case in this regard has been registered at Town Police Station. The driver has been arrested and the vehicle has also been seized. Further investigation in connection with the incident is underway," informed Sambalpur Sadar Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Tapan Kumar Mohanty.

Till the last report was filed, the dead body of Sahil was not handed over to his family members.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)