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18 killed in road accident in West Bengal's Nadia district; Modi, Shah, Mamata condole loss of lives

State Police campaigns for 'Safe Drive Save Life' during the rehearsals for the upcoming Republic day Parade at Red Road, in Kolkata, 2020 | Photo Credit: PTI
Special Correspondent Kolkata: 28 November 2021 11:12 IST
Updated: 28 November 2021 21:35 IST

The incident occurred when a vehicle carrying a group of people taking a body for final rites collided with a parked truck.

At least 18 people, including six women and a child, were killed in a road accident in West Bengal's Nadia district in the early hours of November 28. The accident occurred at Hanskhali when a vehicle carrying a group of people taking a body for final rites to a crematorium collided with a parked truck.

The deceased were identified as residents of Bagda in North 24 Parganas and were on the way to a crematorium in Nabadwip. Five injured persons were taken to a State-run hospital. Locals claimed that the accident occurred because of dense fog.

Top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have condoled the loss of lives

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A mini truck, carrying over 35 people and the bier, hit another stone-laden truck parked on one side of a State highway in Hanskhali around 3 a.m., killing 12 on the spot, the officer explained.

Six others succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital or during treatment.

Local people and the police shifted the injured to Shaktinagar General Hospital, where doctors, after examining their condition, referred the critical ones to another medical institution in Krishnanagar.

One of those injured said he and others were heading to Nabadwip cremation ground from Chakdah when the accident took place

The PM, taking to Twitter, said, "Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Nadia, West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest."

Mr. Modi announced a one-time grant of ₹2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the relatives of those killed and ₹50,000 to the injured.

Mr. Shah, too, prayed for strength and well-being of the grieving families.

"I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this. May God give them the strength to bear this grief. I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he tweeted.

The CM, on her part, promised to "provide necessary assistance to the families" of the victims.

"Heartbroken to hear about the road accident in Nadia. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. May God give them the strength to get past this difficult time," she wrote on the microblogging platform.

Ms. Banerjee said the Government of West Bengal would extend every necessary assistance and support to the kin of the victims. Trinamool Congress Minister Jyotipriya Mullick, who visited the site of accident, said the driver of the vehicle was inebriated.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar stressed on promotion of road safety measures.

"Deeply pained at reported death of 18 people and 5 others injured in Nadia District after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck parked on the side of road. Expect all efforts @MamataOfficial to the family of deceased and injured. Need to promote Road Safety," he stated.

The West Bengal Government had launched a “Save Drive, Safe Drive” campaign for promoting road safety in the State in 2016. The accident has raised questions on the campaign.

With inputs from PTI

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