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Two dead, 16 hurt in tanker collision

Two persons died on Saturday after a tanker collided with a private bus and then rammed into a private car on National Highway 6 at Dhulagar, in the Sankrail police station area, in Howrah. Around 16 people, including a former sub-divisional officer of Alipore, were injured in the mishap.

The incident occurred at around 9 am when a Howrah-bound tanker from Uluberia rammed into a private bus on the Howrah-Jigira route, while trying to overtake another vehicle. Under the impact of the collision, the tanker swerved and dashed into the private car.

All the 18 injured were taken to Gaberia Hospital in Sankrail, while those with more serious injuries were shifted to Howrah State General Hospital.

“Two of them succumbed to their injuries later in the day at the Howrah hospital. Three others are said to be in a critical condition,” said a police officer.

One of the dead was identified as Tarun Chakraborty, said Mihir Bhattacharya, superintendent of police, Howrah. The other victim could not be identified till late in the evening.

“The private car belonged to Dibyendu Sarkar, a former sub-divisional officer of Alipore. Both he and his driver have received minor injuries. They were treated at the Howrah hospital and later discharged. Others admitted at Gaberia Hospital were reported to be stable,” Bhattacharya added.

Police have impounded the private bus and the tanker. The driver of the tanker, who had also suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from the hospital, has been arrested. The bus driver is still in hospital.

Stadium reopening

PWD minister Amar Chowdhury, sports minister Subhas Chakraborty and finance minister Asim Dasgupta discussed the reopening of Netaji Indoor Stadium on Saturday. The stadium is closed for the past three months due to snags in the air-conditioning machines and poor state of the hall. The stadium will be reopened if chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee gives the green signal.

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