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70 labourers injured in Assam, 35 injured in Siliguri in bus accident


Jorhat (Assam): Seventy labourers were injured when an over-crowded bus carrying them fell into a ditch on NH-37 here during wee hours today.

According to Jorhat district SP Amanjeet Kaur, the bus was carrying 70 passengers from Barpeta to Tinsukia against its capacity of 35 persons.

“The accident took place around 2:30 AM on NH-37 at Koliapani under Teok police station. Preliminary investigation suggests that it is a case of over speeding and over-loading, because of which the driver lost control,” she said.

All the passengers have suffered injuries and they have been admitted to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.

The condition of 10 persons is stated to be critical, Kaur said.

All the passengers were labourers and they were being transported for some construction work in Tinsukia.

Yesterday, nine persons, including five women, were killed and 28 others injured when a bus fell into a ditch at Uluani in Nagaon district.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered an enquiry into the accident by the Secretary of Transport Department.

SSB jawan dead, 35 injured in mishap

Siliguri: A jawan died and 35 others injured, four of them seriously, in a bus mishap in Darjeeling district of West Bengal today.

63 jawans were travelling in two buses from their 41 battalion camp to Dohia for firing practise when one vehicle overturned and fell into a roadside ditch, SSB PRO Kariappa said.

The jawan identified as Anju S died on the spot while 35 others were injured four of them seriously.

The injured have been admitted to the North Bengal Medical College Hospital and Bankdubi Army Hospital.


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