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Lightning deaths

Midnapore, Oct. 4: Three persons were killed and 10 injured when lightning struck at Kalicharanpur in East Midnapore this afternoon.

Lightning struck when a puja was being held in the house of one Jharu Das around 1 pm. A large gathering, including several of Dasí family members and neighbours, were present when the incident occurred.

The lightning, which took everyone by surprise, sparked a fire that completely gutted a tree in the courtyard, police sources said.

Many people were injured in the blaze, they said. Several of the injured, who are Dasí neighbours, have been admitted to the health centre at Haldia with severe burn injuries, police added.

The three deceased were identified as Buddhadeb Das, 26, Sukhdeb Bhakta, 17, and Harendra Das, 19.

Buddhadeb and Sukhdeb died on the spot while Harendra succumbed to injuries at the Nandigram block primary health centre.

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