SILCHAR: At least three people were killed and 12 injured, two of them critically, when a truck mowed them down in front of a Durga Puja pandal at Katirail in Katigorah block of Cachar district on Thursday night.
Sources said the truck which was coming from Meghalaya through NH-6 connecting Shillong with Badarpur in Assam. The accident took place in front of the Satarupa Durga Puja Committee’s community puja at Katirail at 10.30 pm.
Two persons identified as Nilendu Rudra Paul (40) and Debabrata Goswami (50), both residents of the locality, died on the spot. A few metres away, the truck hit an autorickshaw killing its driver identified as Haydar Hussain (30). He was declared dead when he was taken to Silchar Medical College and Hospital. The driver and another passenger were critically injured in the incident.
As the truck was being driven recklessly, altogether 12 people were injured. All of them are undergoing treatment at the SMCH. SMCH sources said the condition of two of the injured is critical. Katiogorah police outpost OC Manoj Narzari informed that police managed to stop the truck at Thandapur near Badarpur after it crossed the bridge over the Barak river. However, the driver managed to escape. In protest against the incident, Puja organisers of Karigorah circle abstained from immersing Duga idols on Friday.

Source link Timesof India


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