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30 hurt in bus mishap, two missing

At least 30 persons, including women and children, were injured when a private bus fell into a ditch on Diamond Harbour Road in the Magrahat police station area of South 24-Parganas, on Saturday morning. Of around 35 people in the bus, two have been reported missing.

Ten of the injured were admitted to the Diamond Harbour sub-divisional hospital, where the condition of three people was stated to be critical.

According to police, the bus was on its way from Amta to Hotor when a cyclist came in the way. In a bid to bypass him, the bus spun out of control and fell into the ditch.

While a few passengers managed to wriggle out of the bus on their own, several others trapped inside were helped out by local residents. “Things would have been worse had the doors of the bus gone under water,” a resident said. The search is still on for the two missing passengers.

In another incident on Saturday morning, one person was seriously injured after a minibus collided with a state bus on the Howrah bridge, police said. The driver of the state bus was admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, while the minibus driver managed to flee. Both buses have been impounded by the North Port police station.

Freedom-fighter dies

Freedom-fighter and member of the Indian National Army (INA) Hemantabala Chatterjee died at a city nursing home on Saturday. She was 78 and is survived by a daughter. Hemantabala had been on life support system since January 14, said sources at Bangur Medicare Research Institute, Thakurpukur. She had been living under severe financial crisis since her husband’s death in 1984.

nParlour raided: A gang of four raided a beauty parlour in Kankurgachhi and beat up three employees on Saturday. Police said the goons had been trying to extort money from the owner of the parlour since last October.

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