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Makeshift dais caves in, Nusrat safe

Makeshift dais caves in, Nusrat safe

Kolkata: Actor-tuned-politician Nusrat Jahan, who is contesting from the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency on Trinamool Congress' ticket, averted an accident on Wednesday when a portion of the makeshift dais she was sitting on caved in.

The incident took place at Jogardanga village in Goyaltore where she went to campaign in favour of the Trinamool Congress candidate Birbaha Soren, who is contesting from Jhargram. The incident triggered panic among the other Trinamool Congress leaders who were on the stage. None of them suffered any serious injuries in the incident.

According to local administration, it is suspected that more persons climbed on the dais as a result of which a portion of it collapsed. The stage had a capacity to bear the weight of 10 to 15 people. But, more than 30 persons were on the dais when it collapsed. The police personnel deployed at the ground brought the situation under control. The exact cause of the incident is yet to be confirmed by the police. They have started a detailed probe into the incident. Cops are trying to find out if there was any negligence on the part of the decorators.

A senior police officer in the

district said there had been adequate deployment of police force at the spot. The exact cause is yet to be ascertained.

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