of a local Congress leader, have been arrested for allegedly
driving a car into a group of villagers, killing a four-year-
old boy and injuring 12 others, in Gariaband village of
Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday.
According to the police, Romit Rathore (25), the son
of a local woman Congress leader, and his friend Saurabh
Kutare (26) were arrested on Tuesday.
The incident took place on Monday night in Malgaon
village under City Kotwali police station area, when villagers
were returning from a Dussehra celebration, said Sukhnandan
Rathore, additional superintendent of police, Gariaband.
Locals were walking in groups along the road after
celebrating Dussehra on the outskirts of the village, when one
of them accidently touched Rathore''s car, the official said.
This infuriated the accused, who, along with his
friends, entered into an argument with the villagers and drove
away after warning them, he said.
However, after going a few meters ahead, Rathore
returned and drove his speeding car into the crowd, killing
the boy and injuring 12 others, the official said.
The accused were apprehended from a forest near
Nagabudha village and have been booked under section 302
(murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of
the IPC based on the complaint of a villager, the ASP said.
Four of the injured villagers have been shifted to
Raipur for treatment in view of their critical condition.
Locals had staged a protest and blocked Raipur-
Gariaband road for a few hours on Tuesday, demanding strict
action against the accused and compensation for the victims.