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Biker dies in Lake Gardens flyover crash

A 22-year-old biker died after the two-wheeler skidded off the road and his head rammed against a concrete divider separating a footpath from the carriageway of the Lake Gardens flyover on Tuesday night.

The pillion rider suffered multiple injuries and is admitted in a critical state to a nursing home in Howrah.

Arup Chandra, who friends said learnt riding two-wheelers five months ago, was returning home with colleague Avijit Das, 28, when he possibly lost control of the Yamaha FZ at a sharp right turn, police said.

The duo — employees of an agency that sprays insecticide at a south Calcutta shopping mall — were wearing helmets but Arup’s helmet flew off his head before the crash.

“The Lake Gardens flyover has five bends, two of which are very sharp. The accident occurred at the first sharp bend motorists hitting the flyover from Prince Anwar Shah Road encounter,” said an officer of Lake police station.

“The youth’s head hit the concrete divider. When we reached the spot, we found him unconscious and bleeding from his head and behind his ears. The other youth, injured in both legs, was groaning in pain.”

The impact was such that the bike was found at least 20 feet away. “It looks like the youth was moving at a high speed and lost control of the two-wheeler after failing to judge the turning radius at the bend,” said the officer.

The police learnt about the 9.45pm accident after being alerted by passersby. The duo were taken to MR Bangur Hospital, around a kilometre away, where a doctor in the emergency ward declared Arup dead. “He had a brain haemorrhage and his lungs and spleen had ruptured,” said a doctor at the hospital.

The doctor added Avijit suffered multiple fractures in both legs. He was admitted to the hospital but his parents later got him shifted him to a nursing home in Liluah, near his home.

Arup, a resident of Ramesh Mitra Road in Bhowanipore, was the elder of two siblings and the main earning member of the family.

His father works with a company providing catering service and his mother is a homemaker. Both his parents have been ill since hearing about their son’s death.

Neighbours said Arup had bought the motorbike three months ago and recently got his registration number.

“He took biking lessons from a friend and learnt riding two-wheelers five months ago. I never saw him speed,” said Arup’s friend Saikat Das, who lives near his house.

Body found

The highly decomposed body of a 75-year-old man was found in his house near Dhakuria on Wednesday evening.

Police said K.P. Das, who used to live alone at Anandadhan Apartments on Gariahat Road, might have died a few days ago because the body had decomposed. His wife and daughter live in Cuttack, an officer said.

The body has been sent to SSKM Hospital for autopsy and a case of unnatural death was initiated.