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Featured Image: Representational photo of a coal dumper. File photo. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 12 August: TRANSPORTATION of coal from Jhanjra coal mine in Burdwan was hit throughout the day on Wednesday after a coal dumper ran over an adivasi school boy at Nakragonda village, triggering a near five hour road blockade by angry residents.

The accident took place around 10 this morning; Rupam Lohar (5) was run over by a speeding coal dumper on his way to school. The incident triggered an instant backlash from the villagers.

With the killer dumper speeding away, they damaged seven coal dumpers that were crossing the area a little later. They also dug up the road at four places and put up a road blockade demanding adequate monetary compensation from Coal India Limited for whom the killer dumper was carrying coal.

Police from Laudoha, Pandebeswar and Durgapur police stations went to the site and tried to persuade the angry crowd to lift the blockade. With the villagers unrelenting, a contingent of the Rapid Action Force reached the site and cleared the blockade by resorting to a lathi charge.

Though the villagers dispersed after that, there is simmering anger among them for non-payment of compensation to the parents of the deceased boy who are poor wage labourers.