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Ten Kanwariyas Met To Tragic End, Several Injured After Van Electrocuted In West Bengal’s Kooch Bihar

Written By: Aashish Vashistha

In Picture: Kanwariyas (Lord Shiva Devotees) walking while taking Kanwars on roads.

August 1, 2022 (New Delhi): In a tragic incident, A pickup van carrying passengers en route to Jalpesh got electrocuted in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar, killing at least 10 people and leaving 19 injured on late Sunday night. The passengers were rushed to the hospital, where 16 were referred for treatment to Jalpaiguri hospital. This horrible incident just before the starting of new month of August horrified the local people.

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“They were transferred to Changrabandha BPHC. The attending physician referred 16 people to Jalpaiguri District Hospital for further treatment. They have minor injuries but require a thorough examination,” police said. “10 people were declared dead by the attending medical officer,” the police added. A pick-up van carrying Kanwariyas on its way to Jalpesh was electrocuted today around 12 a.m. at Dharla Bridge under Mekhliganj Police Station. According to preliminary investigation, it could be due to wiring of the generator (DJ system) installed in the back of the vehicle “Amit Varma, Additional Superintendent of Police in Mathabhanga, confirmed the incident.

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While talking to media, ASP Matabhanga, Amit Varma said, “Today at around 12 am, an incident took place at Dharla Bridge under Mekhliganj PS where one pick up van carrying passengers on its way to Jalpesh got electrocuted. The preliminary enquiry reveals that it might be due to wiring of the generator (DJ system) which was fitted in the back of the vehicle.” He further said that all of the passengers belonged to Sitalkuchi PS area and their families have been informed about the tragic incident. “The vehicle has been seized but the driver has escaped. Senior officers are present at the spot. Police are coordinating for relief and any assistance required,” Varma said. This horrible incident surprises everyone and family members are in deep pain.

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