Boat capsize kills four Durgapur youths


Four Durgapur youths who had gone for a picnic in Bankura’s Gangajalghati were on Tuesday (December 30) drowned when the boat they had hired for a joy ride capsized in a lake. Four other youths who were on the boat managed to swim to safety.

The dead bodies of the four youth returned Durgapur yesterday. The mishap shocked and virtually silenced the people of Durgapur.

According to report, eight Durgapur youths went on a picnic at Gangajalghati in Bankura on Tuesday. On the same day when they were on a fun ride at the Gangajalghati lake, their boat capsized apparently due to overload. Four of the eight youths on-board, who knew swimming, managed to reach the shore safely. Villagers and local divers swung into action to save the other, but in vain.


The dead body of Souvik Singha Majumdar (26) was recovered on Tuesday only. The body of the other three, Utpal Mondal, Rintu Sen and Raju Manna were recovered on Wednesday morning.

Souvik, the only son of Subir Majumdar was a medical representative by profession. He was supposed to move to Hyderabad for a new job assignment on January 1. Souvik’s father is a retired employee of MAMC and they were staying in MAMC colony at B1 more. Not only the Majumdar couple, but the entire MAMC colony became speechless at the pathetic incident.

Utpal who got married a year ago was having a catering business. He was also working in Durgapur restaurant. Utpal, according to the neighbors had the reputation of helping anyone who is in a trouble. His wife Tina Majumdar was getting repeatedly fainted.

Rintu had an alimirah manufacturing unit in Durgapur’s Deshbandhu Nagar. Rintu spend his childhood days at Deshbandhu Nagar only, however the Sen family latar moved to Durgapur’s Amrai. Rintu’s two brother and parent appeared to have not been able to come out of the shock.

Raju was a contractual worker at SAIL’s ASP unit in Durgapur. Raju got married just two years ago and were staying at the School Para of Durgapur’s Bhiringee colony. His wife Rikta was virtually trembling in shock.

News like this on the very first day of the New Year virtually dampened the festive mood of the Durgapur residents. The death of the four Durgapur youths became the talking point of the town.

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