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4 Kolkata tourists die in Tawang mishap

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 12 � Four persons, including three ladies, died on the spot and five others received serious injuries when a private vehicle in which they were traveling in fell into a deep gorge near Jaswant Garh in Tawang district.

The mishap occurred around 8 pm last night when the driver of the Tata Sumo failed to negotiate a sharp curve along the steep mountainous road near the Jaswant Garh War Memorial and skidded off the road, killing four of the passengers on the spot and five others, including the driver himself sustained serious injuries.

The deceased have been identified as Ashim Bhattacharjee (66), Kaberi Bhattacharjee (60), Monika Dasgupta (50) and Srilata Ghosh Dostidar (46). The injured include: Shilpa Dasgupta (75), Bharati Ghosh Dostidar (45), Gautam Dasgupta (56), Ritan Dasgupta (28) and Amir Pradhan (30) � the driver of the vehicle.

Informing this, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP-West) Tashi Lama said that the four-wheeler, which was carrying eight persons, reportedly all tourists from Kolkata, was coming from Tezpur to Tawang yesterday. It skidded off the road after crossing the Jaswant Garh.

Although the exact cause of the accident was yet to be ascertained, �poor visibility� could be the reason behind the mishap as the region was experiencing dense fog and heavy downpour last night, the DIGP (West) said.

Lama said braving all odds, the police immediately swung into action and rescued the injured and evacuated them to the Tawang District Hospital, where the condition of the driver was stated to be serious. The bodies of the dead were sent for post-mortem.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has mourned the sad demise of the tourists and offered his prayers to the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed souls and for speedy recovery of the injured.

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