Kolkata, Aug 15 : Altogether 13 people were killed and eleven others were injured in two road accidents in as many districts of West Bengal today, police said. While seven people died in South 24 Parganas district, six others were killed in another accident in Malda district. Five members of a family and two others returning from the Kolkata airport were killed when their MUV fell into a road-side pond in South 24 Parganas district, the police said. The accident occurred at around 6 am after the driver lost control of the vehicle during rain at Ucchekhali under Bishnupur police station area.
All the seven persons, including three women, died on the spot due to drowning, police said. They said six persons had gone from Dakshin Gouripur village in Bishnupur area to the Kolkata airport to receive a man who was returning from Qatar. The driver of the vehicle fled after the mishap. The deceased have been identified as Akkas Ali, his wife Salina Bibi, son Altab, daughter Esmatara, brother Munnaf, and two other persons - Meeraj Sheikh and Fulijan Bibi.
In Malda, six people were killed and eleven injured when a speeding lorry rammed into a stationary SUV carrying wedding guests, police added. The accident occurred at Bakharpur under Kaliachak police station area when the SUV was waiting there by the side of National Highway-34 for other vehicles going to the same destination. The wedding guests were on their way from Kaliachak to Gajol in the same district to attend a marriage, Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said.
The SUV fell into a roadside ditch after it was hit by the lorry at around 1230 am and three of its 17 occupants were killed on the spot. Two others succumbed in the Malda Medical College and Hospital where all the victims were initially taken. Rajoria said six of them were later referred to a hospital in Kolkata and one died on the way. The injured were being treated at the Malda Medical College and Hospital. The driver fled with the lorry after the accident but he was later arrested from Gajol, the SP said.UNI