6 tourists from Bengal killed in Odisha accident; Mamata Banerjee Sends Condolences


At least six tourists from West Bengal’s Howrah were killed and 31 others injured when a bus carrying them overturned in Odisha’s Kalinga Ghati late on Tuesday night.

According to the reports, police stated that the bus was carrying 76 passengers to Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakhapatnam.  He said “Around 11.30 pm, the bus driver lost control… on a curve of a hilly road and overturned… At least 15 passengers have been critically injured while 16 others have received minor injuries.”

Five of the six deceased have been identified as Supriya Denre, Sanjeet Patra, Rima Denre, Mausumi Denra, and Barnali Manna.

Police further added that the rescuers and local residents rushed to the scene and helped shift the injured to a hospital. They added the bus hit an electric pole before overturning at Kalinga Ghat located 2500 feet above sea level.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the deaths of six tourists and stated that the state administration is coordinating with Odisha counterpart for quick post mortem of the bodies and treatment of those injured in the incident.

Ms Banerjee also said that a high-level team led by the principal secretary in the state disaster management and the MLA of Udaynarayanpur is heading to Odisha to facilitate the return of those injured.

“Sad to know that six of our fellow citizens from West Bengal have succumbed to their injuries, while some others are still struggling with the trauma of a grave road accident in the early hours today when they were moving in a hired bus in the Ganjam district of Odisha on their way to Vizag, Our administration is coordinating with Odisha officials for speedy post mortem of the dead, treatment for the injured, and their return. Rushing a high level team led by Principal Secretary, Disaster Management and MLA Udaynarayanpur to Odisha,” Banerjee posted on Twitter.


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