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CID to probe Mamata convoy accident

The West Bengal government on Wednesday announced its decision to order two separate investigations by its Criminal Investigation Department (CID) into Monday's incident involving Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee when a lorry hit a car in the Union Railway Minister's convoy in Kolaghat, Purba Medinipur, as the minister was returning after addressing a rally in Lalgarh.

State Home Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters that the CID has been asked to probe the incident.

Two separate cases, including one on the basis of a police complaint made by the party's Member of Parliament Suvendu Adhikari have been registered.

Later, Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purakayashta said that the State government had already registered a case against the lorry driverunder Sections 279 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code, while a second case has been registered based on the complaint filed by Mr. Adhikari at the Kolaghat police station.

The IG said the lorry driver, Gurjar Singh, was re-arrested on Wednesday just as he was coming out of the court after getting bail.

He has now been charged with attempt to murder and conspiracy under Sections 307 and 120B of the IPC.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the convoy had made an unscheduled stop on its way back from Lalgarh in Paschim Medinipur, when the lorry carrying plastic granules from a factory in the industrial township of Haldia in Purba Medinipur hit the corner of a convoy car from the side.

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