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Student killed in highway mishap

A picnic trip turned tragic for a group of six youngsters when their auto was hit by a speeding bus on NH-33 at Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, about 20km from Jamshedpur, on Wednesday morning, killing a girl.

The deceased has been identified as 17-year-old Sophia Perveen, an intermediate student of Mango-based JKS College. She, her two college mates and their boyfriends — all residents of Azadnagar in Mango — were headed for a picnic at Chandil Dam when the accident occurred at Chilgu around 11am.

All six were rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital, where Sophia, who received severe head injuries, was declared brought dead.

The other five — Nazia Khatoon, Yeshmin Khatoon, Mohammed Irshad, Mohammed Babu and Mohammed Chand, alias Suraj — are undergoing treatment at the hospital. Irshad’s condition is stated to be critical. He received grievous head and internal injuries. The others sustained injuries on their hands, legs and heads.

The auto driver, who was also injured, was taken to a private nursing home in Chandil.

The auto was negotiating a turn when the passenger bus that was coming from Ranchi hit it head-on. The vehicle was badly mangled.

Chandil officer-in-charge O.P. Singh said: “We came to know that the bus was travelling in high speed and the driver might have lost control.”

The bus driver has been arrested and the vehicle seized.

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