Mathura: Three cousins on a motorcycle died when a truck allegedly hit them on National Highway-2 here, following which their relatives blocked the highway for over four hours this morning claiming the "role" of policemen in the deaths.
The three cousins from Chaumuha town -- Mukesh (23), Govinda (24), and Amar Singh (26) -- were returning from Mathura around 9 PM last night when the truck hit their bike, a police officer said, adding that they were rushed to the district hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.
The errant driver, however, managed to flee with his truck, the officer said.
Alleging that policemen deployed for checking vehicles had thrown a club at the bike due to which the youths lost their balance and came under the wheels of the truck, relatives and villagers first gheraoed the police outpost and then blocked the National Highway for over four hours since 10 AM today.
Traffic came to a halt on the busy highway creating inconvenience for commuters, particularly office-goers.
Senior police officials, including SP (City) Omveer Singh, and RLD MLA Tejpal Singh and Samajwadi Party leader Chandan Singh rushed to the spot and requested the agitators to withdraw the blockade.
"Departmental action would be initiated against the erring policemen if found guilty. Efforts will also be made to ensure maximum financial assistance to the families of the victims," SSP Gulab Singh said.
"The families of the deceased would be given Rs 5,20,000 each from the district administration and the Chief Minister would be requested to pay Rs 20 lakh to each family from his discretionary fund," Chandan Singh, the SP`s Lok Sabha nominee from the area, said.