Three Durgapur picnicker dies – dampens New Year festivity

Bhiringee More on NH-2 - site of the accident

Durgapur News Desk, 02 January 2017: Misfortune struck Durgapur claiming lives of three picnic revelers in three separate accidents on New Year’s Day yesterday. The festive mood dampened and the administration’s effort towards “Safe Drive Save Life” campaign proved to have found few takers.

A 36 year old youth and his daughter died on the on NH-2 in Durgapur while his wife had to be taken to hospital with critical head injury yesterday evening after their bike was hit by a speeding lorry, which even ignored the red signal. Doctors said chance of her survival is bleak.

Chandi Charan sadhu from Topsi locality near Raniganj Town was returning from Durgapur with his wife and daughter after taking part in New Year’s Day picnic with friends. At Bhiringee crossing on NH-2, Chandi, who was driving the motorbike, stopped at the signal. They were hit from the back by a speeding lorry, in spite of red signal. Chandi and his two-year old daughter Munni succumbed on the spot and Chandi’s wife was taken to the Sub Divisional Hospital in Bidhannagar. The killer lorry however managed to flee.

In another incident, Biplab sardar, 35, died while returning from a picnic at Deul Park in Kanksa, yesterday afternoon. Police said that Biplab and his friends were drunk and their bike hit a roadside tree on Panagarh-Shibpur road killing the youth instantly. They were returning Durgapur town after picnic celebration at Deul Park, which is one of the most sought after picnic spot in and around Durgapur. Biplab was a resident of the Karangapara locality adjacent to Durgapur Railway Station.

A Maruti van went out of control and overturned near Kanksa Colony on Panagarh-Morgram highway at around 3 pm yesterday. They too were returning from a Picnic celebration. Three of the four occupants were injured and had to be shifted to hospital.

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