Four killed in two separate accidents
Kolkata: Three youths were killed in a fatal road accident that took place in Purulia on Wednesday evening.
According to the district police, the victims have been identified as Baurilal Hembram (25), Dhan Singh Soren (25) and Ramdas Soren (28). They were all residents of Silingda village of Bagmundi in Purulia district. The three were riding on a motorcycle without wearing helmets, when a speeding trekker hit them.
The three youths were returning home at around 10 pm on Wednesday, when the accident occurred. Eyewitnesses told the police that the victims were crossing the Nimtala bus stop area along the Balarampur-Bagmundi Road, when a trekker coming from the opposite direction hit them.
Due to the intensity of the accident, the victims were flung afar. The driver of the trekker fled from the spot immediately after the accident. Local people rescued all three, who were lying in a pool of blood. They were pronounced brought dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.
The incident led to traffic in the area slowing to a crawl for a while. Police have started a probe in this regard and are conducting raids to nab the culprits.
In a separate incident, a 60-year-old woman died after a small boat she was travelling in, along with six others, suddenly capsized in Hooghly river near Kangali Ghat. The victim has been identified as Kaushalya Debi.
Debi and the six other passengers drowned, after the boat capsized because of sudden high tide. Some other boatmen rescued all seven victims and sent them to Chandannagar Hospital, where Debi was declared brought dead.
According to the police, the deceased was a resident of Garulia area of Noapara in North 24-Parganas. She was returning from Bhadreswar along with her husband, after selling vegetables. The incident took place a few minutes after the boat started from the Bhadreswar side. Police have started a probe in this regard.
Local residents alleged that the small boats often take extra passengers and there isn't adequate vigil by the local administration. In a similar incident earlier, as many as 19 persons were killed near Telinipara Ghat.