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Bank employee run over by truck; pedestrians stage protest at Iblur junction

Bank employee run over by truck; pedestrians stage protest at Iblur junction

A 55-year-old bank employee was killed on the spot after a concrete mixer truck allegedly ran over him while he was crossing the road at the busy Iblur junction on Saturday morning.

The incident raised tempers among the local residents, who staged a snap protest at the junction, causing a traffic jam for over an hour.

The deceased, Dodda Muniyappa, a resident of Iblur, was working with a private bank in the city. He was crossing the road with others after the traffic police stopped vehicles to allow pedestrians to move. A truck suddenly appeared, knocking down Muniyappa and running over him while other pedestrians jumped to safety, the police said.

The truck driver abandoned the vehicle and fled from the spot as people raised an alarm and tried to pull out Muniyappa, the traffic police said. A few persons rushed Muniyappa to a private hospital nearby, where the doctors declared him as brought dead.

Hundreds of people protested after the accident, blocking the Outer Ring Road and demanding safety of pedestrians. They sought a skywalk at Iblur junction — which has been a long-pending demand of citizens — to prevent such accidents. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded for an hour in and around Iblur junction during the protest.

The HSR Layout traffic police shifted the body for post-mortem and seized the truck. They then pacified the protesters and assured them of conveying their demands to the authorities concerned and ensuring pedestrian safety. A case of hit and run was registered against the driver and efforts were on to track him down, a senior police officer said.

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