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Jeep falls into Sikkim gorge, woman dies

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 13, 2009

Gangtok, July 12: A woman died and two persons were badly injured when a jeep carrying 11 people fell 200 feet below into a gorge at 10th Mile this evening.

The 20-year-old woman Reema Saha was travelling with her husband Tarakeswar Saha and another couple, Subhas Saha and his wife Manisha. All the four were from Jamtara in Jharkhand. The condition of Manisha was stated to be serious.

Police said among the others in the vehicle were four men from Allahabad and a couple — Kakoli Karmakar and her husband Koushik — from Kansaripara Road at Kalighat, Calcutta. The Karmakars have been admitted to the Central Referral Hospital, Tadong. The doctors said Kakoli’s condition was serious.

The 10 tourists and the driver, Bikash Ghimire, stopped at Chhangu on their way from Nathu-la to have lunch. The vehicle was driving down to Gangtok when it skidded off the road and fell into a gorge at 10th Mile, 30km from here.

Tarakeswar, who was at STNM Hospital, but was yet to be told about his spouse’ s dead, said they and the other couple from Jamtara had been married recently.

Subhas said the jeep had been moving slowly when it suddenly swerved off the road. “We were all screaming and the vehicle bounced down the slope and came to a standstill.” While Tarakeswar is a jewellery shop owner, Subhas is a rice trader.

Hospital sources said the four youths from Allahabad had identified themselves as Binay Thomas, Edwin Abraham, Joel Waghmari and Anil Kerketta. All of them were discharged from the hospital after first-aid.

The youths, aged between 20 and 25, had come to Gangtok to attend a workshop organised by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, the police said.

The police said drivers of other vehicles, which had been returning to Gangtok with tourists, rushed to pull the injured out of the stricken vehicle. Soon, the police and members of the Sikkim travel agents’ association joined the rescue operation.

The law enforcers said the cause of the accident was not yet known, but could be a brake failure. The road was also slippery after a rain.

Source: The Telegraph


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