The girls were seen running for their lives when the vehicle started chasing them in full speed, eyewitnesses say. Photograph: (DNA)
Eyewitnesses claim that the men in the car were hurling lewd comments at the girls
In a horrific incident, a group of young men on Thursday ran over three girls in a hamlet in the eastern state of West Bengal, killing one and seriously injuring other two.
It was around 5 pm (IST) when three girls – Madhumita Bag, Pinki Nayak and Sunita Bag – were cycling on the National Highway 41 near Tajpur in Tamluk village when three young men started chasing the girls on a Swift DZire car.
Eyewitnesses claim that the men in the car were hurling lewd comments at the girls. A few minutes later, the girls were seen running for their life when the vehicle started chasing them in full speed, eyewitnesses say.
The vehicle ran over the three girls, killing Madhumita and leaving Pinki and Sunita seriously injured. Pinki and Sunita were immediately shifted to the local Tamluk hospital where they are currently undergoing treatment.
Immediately after running over the girls, the car lost control and fell in a roadside ditch, according to eyewitnesses. Later, the men tried to flee from the spot but the locals, who caught hold of them, handed them over to the police.
The deceased and the two injured girls are students of the Tajpur Higher Secondary School.
"We have lodged a case of attempt to murder. Such instances will not be taken lightly. We are going to take strict action against the accused," said Anuj Sharma, Inspector General of West Bengal Police (Law and Order).
According to the sources in the district police, all the accused hail from affluent families based out of Haldia city. None of them had a valid driver’s license, official sources confirmed.