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Drunk driving claims 6

Ranchi, Feb. 7: Six baratis (wedding guests) were killed in Gumla and at least 26 others sustained serious injuries when a truck carrying around 50 persons turned turtle at 10.30am today under Ghaghra police station, 30km from the district headquarters.

While four persons died on the spot, two others succumbed while they were being brought to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, a four-hour road journey from Chundri Nawadih village, the site of the mishap.

Gumla SP Jatin Narwal said the truck driver was completely drunk. “He was inebriated and lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve,” he said.

The groom’s party, based in Vishunpur, was bound for Ghaghra for the wedding. Most revellers — the groom was in a separate vehicle — in the truck were drunk, said sources.

Of the injured, 13 are at RIMS and an equal number at sadar hospital, Gumla.

In a separate incident, one Rimis Topno of Kisko block in Lohardaga district died yesterday when unidentified persons reportedly threw him before a running train at Richughuta station. Topno was accused of molesting a woman at the local village haat two days ago. Lohardaga superintendent of police J.K. Singh, however, declined to comment on the death.