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Family killed on holiday

A retired college teacher from Chandernagore, his schoolteacher wife and their disabled son, who were holidaying in Uttarakhand, died when a car they were travelling in fell into a gorge on Thursday night.

The accident occurred on the Gwaldam-Karnaprayag road, near Lolti in Chamoli district. None of the three survived the 500ft fall.

Chapal Kanti Dhar Chaudhari, 62, former commerce teacher at Khalisani College, Lipika, 54, English teacher at Krishna Bhabini Nari Shiksha Mandir, and Kushal, 22, were on their way to Gwaldam en route to Corbett National Park.

They had taken the Sealdah Rajdhani to Delhi on November 12, said Sanat Roy Chowdhury, a neighbour of the family in Chandernagore’s Ashoknagar. From the capital, they hired a car and went to Hardwar and Rishikesh. The national park was next on their itinerary.

“We heard about the accident on Friday morning. The college teacher’s elder brother is on his way to India from Dubai. Some relatives have left for Delhi to bring back the bodies,” said Roy Chowdhury.

“The family went on vacations as part of a group. But this year, Kushal, a wheelchair-user, was not keen on the destination the group was going to. So the three were travelling by themselves for the first time,” said Jayati Ghosh, a former colleague of Chapal Kanti.

She described him as a popular quizmaster, who had recently hosted a quiz at the college. Chapal Kanti also loved photography and uploaded pictures on photography websites.

“The family was very popular,” said Roy Chowdhury, who as a child used to take part in a cricket coaching camp that Chapal Kanti, an avid follower of the game, used to organise.