Three persons were killed after being flung off a Tata Ace that collided with another vehicle on Basanti Highway on Monday afternoon.
The accident occurred about two kilometres from Science City on a stretch notorious for rash driving and sharp bends. More than eight persons have died in accidents on this stretch in the last 18 months.
One of the three victims, Mohammad Azad Khan, a teacher from Uttar Pradesh, had come to the city to collect donation for his institute. “He was a madarsa teacher in Ghazipur and had gone to meet a relative in South 24-Parganas to collect donation. Having waited in vain for a bus, he climbed onto the rear seat of a Tata Ace,” said Aurangzeb Khan, a cousin of Azad’s.
The other two, Sanjay Manna, 20, and Mohammad Waqar Khan, 18, worked at the Calcutta Leather Complex and were on their way home to Tiljala when the accident occurred.
Both vehicles sped away after the collision, leaving four persons bleeding on the highway. The injured men were found by a group of bikers, who took them to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital. Three were declared dead and Mohammad Sarzar, 18, of Tiljala was discharged after treatment.
The accident spot is in the Dakshin Bahishtala area, which falls under the jurisdiction of Pragati Maidan police station. “The vehicles were coming from opposite directions at a high speed and scraped one another, causing the men to fall out under impact. We are trying to locate the drivers,” said a senior officer of Pragati Maidan police station.
Housing minister Aroop Biswas and Trinamul Chhatra Parishad president Shankudeb Panda reached the hospital from the Trinamul rally at Esplanade. “None of the deceased was associated with today’s rally. We came here to ensure their families get all the medical help,” said Panda.