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Vehicles, commuters bear brunt of bad roads

Two trucks collided on NH31D on the outskirts of Jalpaiguri on Friday afternoon, injuring the drivers of both the vehicles (top). While one driver was admitted to the Jalpaiguri District Hospital, the other was released after first aid. Police said the collision had occurred when the drivers had tried to negotiate potholes on the highway.

This is the second accident attributed to the bad condition of roads in Jalpaiguri in less than 36 hours.

A Class X student was killed when the auto-rickshaw he was travelling in turned turtle on NH31 on Thursday. Twenty-two others were injured in the accident.

Private bus owners have been on strike in Siliguri subdivision and Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts for the past 11 days to demand the speedy repair of the roads. More than 1,500 buses have been kept off the roads because of the strike. Passengers depended on few government buses in Jalpaiguri (bottom) to tide over the strike.

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