Reckless driving claims life of three youths, injures two at New Town
Kolkata: Three youths were killed and two others suffered major injuries after a sedan rammed into a pillar of Airport-Garia Metro project's elevated corridor early on Tuesday morning. It is suspected that the youth driving the car was in an inebriated state.
According to sources, on Tuesday at around 5 am, an anonymous caller informed New Town police station that a car had met with an accident near Srishti Crossing on Biswa Bangla Sarani.
A patrolling van soon reached the spot and found the wrecked car on the service road, with four persons lying on the road and bleeding profusely.
Within minutes, ambulances and another police van reached the spot and rushed the injured youths to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital, where three of them succumbed to their injuries. The two other youths were shifted to a private hospital near Haldiram's later.
Police informed that the three deceased youths have been identified as Nishidh Jaiswal (17), Kaushal Jhawar (18) and Mayank Jhawar (17). Jaiswal was a resident of Burtolla area, while Kaushal and Mayank were residents of Phoolbagan area.
The two other injured youths, identified as Sarbajit Singh and Mainak Jain, reside in Salt Lake.
According to Sarbajit's elder brother Harjeet Singh, his brother along with his friends went to Jain's house located at AH block, on Monday night. There they enjoyed a party and later on, in the wee hours of Tuesday, decided to go out for a drive.
Jain drove the car from Salt Lake to New Town and while going towards Eco Park from Narkelbagan, decided to take a U-turn. At the Srishti crossing, he took a sudden turn
and came to the extreme left side of the Narkelbagan-bound flank.
To regain control of the car, Jain again turned the steering to his right but as the car was running at a high speed, he failed to control the vehicle and rammed into a median divider of the service road and Biswa Bangla Sarani. The car then went on to hit a pillar of the elevated Metro corridor.
When police came to the spot, they found two of the five youths on the footpath, while the rest were stuck inside the car. Soon, a gas-cutter was arranged to cut open the car doors to rescue them.
On Tuesday afternoon, a forensic team examined the accident spot and the car. According to the forensic experts, the car was moving at least at 100 km/h. The data recorder of the car will be examined to retrieve further information.
Sarbajit was later discharged from the hospital after treatment, while Jain was shifted to another private hospital on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Kadapara.
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