A mob torched a truck and clashed with police personnel after a labourer was crushed to death by the vehicle on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road here in the wee hours today.
Violent protest broke out near Jeevan Chowk after Neeraj Kumar, a factory worker from Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh, was run over by a truck, police said, adding five policemen were injured in stone pelting.
The driver and conductor of the truck fled after the accident. Angry people from nearby factories and colonies gathered at the spot and torched the vehicle.
A fire tendor of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation reached there but the mob also attacked it, police said, adding the vehicle was badly damaged.
Police Commissioner Parmraj Singh Umranagal and DCP Narinder Bhargav rushed to the spot with additional police force.
Police used batons to disperse the protesters, who indulged in stone pelting. Five policemen were injured, police said.
The body was sent for post-mortem, police said.