Jalpaiguri/Kolkata, 4 January : At least three government buses belonging to the North Bengal State Transport Corporation were reduced to ashes at Mohitnagar area in Jalpaiguri district of North Bengal today after they were set on fire by a group of people in protest against the running over of a local school girl on the National Highway.
Reports reaching the state police headquarters here this evening said, soon after the death of a 14 year old school girl after she was allegedly run over by a Kolkata bound private bus on National Highway 34 at Mohitnagar, a large group of local people gathered on the spot and expressed their anger by torching at least three government buses which arrived on the spot during the protest. However the private bus which caused the accident fled in the melee.
After asking the passengers to get down from the buses with the belongings, a group of agitators demanding adequate compensation to the next of kin of the victim,set all the three buses on fire one after another with professional precision destroying them completely in absence of any fire fighters, the police said.
Though a strong contingent of police arrived on the spot on being informed, by then all the buses were completely burnt. Later two fire tenders also reached the spot and doused the flames.
No one has so far been arrested,the police said adding that a case had been lodged in the local police station against the arson and damage of public property.