Sunday, February 8, 2015
Three excise employees dead, five injured in severe road accident
Malda, 3 February, 2015: Three employees of the state excise department were killed and their five other colleagues were seriously injured in a severe road accident on NH-34 at Chhitka Mahal turning near Narayanpur in Malda police station around 3.30 pm today. The sports utility vehicle (SUV) by which the excise officials were returning Malda after conducting a drive against hooch hit a stone laden lorry and fell into a roadside water body.
The deceased were identified as Krishna Haldar (31) – driver, Shiben Debsharma (24) and Niru Roy (22) – both of whom worked as constables. Assistant sub inspectors Bishnupada Roy (37), Raju Burman (23), Subrata Burman (21) and Utpal Burman were among five injured who were rushed to Malda Medical College Hospital (MMCH) where their condition was stated to very serious.
District magistrate Sharad Dwivedi, additional district magistrate (general) Debatosh Mandal, district superintendent of state excise department Ram Roy Sarkar, assistant superintendent Eklabya Chakraborty and other administrative officials rushed to MMCH to console the family of the deceased employees. They also spoke to the injured. MMCH authorities were asked to arrange for the best possible treatment of the injured.
Police sources informed that the excise officials led by assistant superintendent Mr Chakraborty went to Gazole to drive against illegal liquor trade. They were returning Malda by two SUVs in the afternoon. Five excise employees were in the first SUV while Mr Chakraborty’s vehicle was coming behind.
Near Chhitka Mahal turning the first SUV was heavily hit head on by a stone-laden lorry and fell into a roadside water-body. The drive and a constable reportedly died on spot being choked in water. Another constable died after being admitted to MMCH.
It has been learnt from excise department sources that both the constables hailed from south Dinajpur and were employed only a couple of months back. The deceased driver was an inhabitant of Mangalbari area in Malda police station.
DM Mr Dwivedi said, “It was a heart-rending accident. I have met the injured in the hospital. ADM (G) Mr Mandal has been asked to gather details about the deceased and the injured. We would speak to state government so that the family of the deceased and injured get due compensation.”
SP Prasun Banerjee said, “The lorry which hit the SUV scampered away after the accident. Police have started finding the lorry and arresting the driver.