Agartala: Students of Tripura University (TU) blockade the NH-7 on Saturday afternoon following the death of a Grade IV staff of the university who met with an accident while crossing road on Friday evening.
Expressing serious concern over the increasing number of cases of accident along the NH-7 near the university, Ramakanta Kumar, a student of Fine Arts Department, while talking to EastMojo, said that TU students were continuously demanding the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to prevent the menace, but in vain.
“Since the entrance of the university shares a link with the National Highway-7, accident occurs almost in every two days. Someone either gets hit by speeding vehicles or have a narrow escape while crossing the road almost on regular basis,” he said.
Meanwhile, students in large numbers blockade the Agartala-Sabroom NH at Suryamani Nagar following the spreading of the news of the death of Kajal Laskar. Laskar was admitted in hospital after getting hit by a four-wheeler vehicle on Friday evening.
Sub-Division Police Officer (SDPO) Ajay Kumar Das said, “The students were furious over the growing number of road accidents in front of the university and demanded adequate measures from the district administration to ensure that no such incidents take place in future.”
After receiving assurance from the SDPO, the agitating students withdrew their blockade and submitted a memorandum to the district administration.
The students demanded deployment of traffic police along with setting up of barracks on both sides of the main gate of TU to control the movement of vehicles.
The students have also demanded the state government to take action against the guilty driver of the vehicle and provide adequate compensation to the next kin of the deceased.