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Four die on way to wedding

A bride’s journey to a marriage venue turned tragic when the car in which she was travelling along with family friends turned turtle, injuring her and killing four passengers, including two children.

The deceased — Gomia businessman Mohan Prajapati (30), wife Draupadi (25) and the couple’s sons Ajit (4) and Vicky (2) — are family friends of bride Khushbu Kumari’s father Pradip Ravani.

Apart from Khushbu, who was to get married to a youth from Gomia at Rajrappa temple in Ramgarh district on Monday, three others sustained injuries in the accident at Petarwar, 39km from Bokaro steel city, around 1pm.

The three are Gudia Devi, Pemia Devi (35) and her daughter Bichhi Kumari (5).

According to Petarwar police, the ill-fated car belonged to Mohan, a grocery supplier and small-time contractor.

“From what we have heard from the survivors, Mohan was driving the car at high speed. He lost control of the vehicle while taking a turn after crossing Petarwar. The car turned turtle, hit a tree and then skidded off the road into farmland,” said a police officer.

Mohan, his wife and children died on the spot while local villagers rescued the injured and rushed them to Petarwar Sadar Hospital from where they were taken to RIMS in Ranchi.

Pemia is Draupadi’s sister, while Gudia is a distant cousin of the family. Khushbu’s parents and other relatives were following in three other cars and a mini bus.

Mohan and his wife did not want to attend the marriage at first, but finally relented when Pradip, who is a farmer, insisted.

“My brother-in-law (Mohan) and sister didn’t want to go to the marriage because of other engagements. But Pradip, who is very close to them, requested them to accompany their family. Mohan could not turn him down and took out his car to take us all to the temple. Khushbu was travelling with us, while her family was in another car,” said Pemia Devi.

Petarwar OC M.K. Mishra said that all the bodies had been sent to Tenughat hospital for post-mortem.

Grandfather injured

A 68-year-old man was seriously injured on Monday when two bike-borne school students hit him while he was waiting on the side of the road in Sector V of Bokaro steel city to pick his grandson.

N.K. Singh, a retired official of Bokaro steel plant, has been admitted to Bokaro General Hospital.

The two boys fled after the accident, leaving behind their motorcycle.


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