SHILLONG, April 19 - Three persons died and one seriously injured, in a road accident in East Jaintai Hills district today, after they tried to sneak out from the State hiding in a bitumen-loaded truck headed for Mizoram.�
The truck loaded with bitumen bearing registration No. NL-02-N-4222 capsized and turned turtle at Lumshnong near the Forest Inspection Bungalow.�
The truck was on its way from Beltola, Guwahati and was headed to Mizoram. But, four persons sneaked into the truck illegally from �somewhere between Deinchynrum and Byndihati,� East Jaintia Hills police said.
�These four persons were hiding between the loaded bitumen drums on the back side to avoid detection. Two died on the spot. The third person was immediately rescued by Lumshnong Police, but he later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital,� East Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police, Lakador Syiem said.�
The fourth person was rescued after a six hour long rescue operation. �The rescue operation was extremely tough because of heavy rain and thunderstorm. The injured has been referred to Silchar Medical College and Hospital for treatment,� Syiem added.