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Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B'deshi bystanders killed

Kolkata: Two Bangladeshi citizens were killed and another injured in a bizarre late Friday-night road accident in South Kolkata when a Jaguar travelling at high speed hit a Mercedes sedan which was flung on a Kolkata Police traffic post killing the victims who had taken shelter under it from rain. The traffic post was uprooted from its concrete base due to the ferocity of the impact.

The person who was on the wheels of the Jaguar, 22-year-old Arsalan Parvez, has been arrested.

According to police sources, the Bangladeshi nationals had come to the city a fortnight back for their eye treatment and were getting their check-up done at a private eye hospital in Salt Lake. The two deceased have been identified as Kazi Mohammad Mainul Alam (36), who was a resident of Jhenaidah and Farhana Islam Tania (28), a resident of Muhammadpur in Dhaka. Mainul worked with a rural bank while Tania was assistant vice-president of a private bank based in Bangladesh.

It may be recalled that it was only on Thursday night when BJP MP Roopa Ganguly's son was arrested after he rammed his car into the wall of an upscale South Kolkata club.

It is learnt that Jiyad, who was accompanying the duo, was injured in the incident. He informed the police that the Jaguar was heading towards Kala Mandir from Birla Planetarium while the Mercedes was travelling towards Minto Park via Loudon Street. Interestingly, the Shakespeare Sarani police station was just opposite the site of the accident.

The duo was immediately shifted to SSKM Hospital where they were declared brought dead. The two were returning to their hotel at Marquis Street where they have been lodging during their stay in the city after

having dinner when the accident occurred.

"The airbags inside both the high-end cars opened up in time and so the passengers in both the vehicles remained unhurt," said a senior police officer. The killer Jaguar had only the driver who fled the spot immediately after the accident. The driver and passengers in the Mercedes received minor injuries.

A representative from the office of Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata visited the Shakespeare Sarani police station on Saturday morning and took details of the incident.

The Fatal Squad of Kolkata Traffic Police took up the investigation of the case and soon learnt that the killer Jaguar was registered in the name of one of the owners of a noted food chain owner in the city.

The vehicle was registered on April 2017 with its address at 191, Park Street. The person who was at the wheels was arrested later in the day and has been identified as the owner's son.

A case under Section 304 Part ii (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been recorded at Shakespeare Sarani police station. Both the vehicles have been impounded.

Prima facie, it has been learnt that the Jaguar violated the traffic signal and drove recklessly. A team from the state Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) collected samples from the spot later in the day.

"The evidence need to be examined properly to ascertain the real cause of the accident," a senior scientist at the FSL said.

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