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Thursday , June 26 , 2014
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Sikkim accident kills teachers

Gangtok, June 25: Three primary teachers of a government school in Tanek village in North Sikkim died yesterday evening after boulders fell on their vehicle on NH10A.

The incident occurred at 4.30pm yesterday at Dhamala Bhir, around 35km from Gangtok. The teachers are Dichen Bhutia, 28, Sonam Doma Bhutia, 31, and Karma Thinley Bhutia, 41. The trio were residents of Mangan in North Sikkim.

“The teachers were going back home after their work got over. Suddenly, some huge boulders slipped from above the road and crushed their car. The vehicle was flattened and they died on the spot. It was raining when the mishap happened,” said the additional district magistrate of Mangan, Raj Yadav.

“The villagers and later, the police helped remove the boulders but by that time the teachers were already dead,” said a police source.

Karma was driving the car. The trio would usually go home together in Karma’s car. They were teachers of Tanek Primary School, around 30km from Mangan.

A post-mortem was conducted at the district hospital in Mangan today.

The local MLA (of Kabi-Lungchok, where the mishap took place), Ugen Nedup Bhutia, who is a Sikkim Krantikari Morcha leader, raised the matter in the Assembly today. “There are so many accidents on the north Sikkim highway. The condition of the road is deplorable. The state government should pursue the matter with the Border Roads Organisation so that the road can be maintained,” said Bhutia.

The minister of Roads and Bridges G.M. Gurung, said: “We will take this suggestion into consideration and pursue the matter with the BRO officials soon.”