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WB: 14 of wedding party killed

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Jalpaiguri (WB), Jan 20: Fourteen members, including four children, of a marriage party were killed and 10 others injured due to a col-lision between a stone-laden truck and their three vehicles in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, police said Wednesday. 

The accident occurred in Jaldhaka area in Dhupguri block onTuesdaY night, they said.’I’he cars of the marriage party were going towards Dhupguri on the wrong side of the road and the collision took place due to dense fog, a sen-ior police officer said.

 Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced an ex gratia of T2.5 lakh each to the next of kin of those who were killed in the accident. The state government will provide 150,000 each to those who were se-riously injured, she said at a pro-gramme in Purulia. Banerjee also said ?25,000 would be given to those whose injuries are not serious.

“The loss cannot be compensated. But we would like to tell the families that the govern-ment is with them. We are provid-ing compensation to the next of kin of the deceased and the injured persons. Our local MLA Sourav Chakraborty is already there and state minister Aroop Biswas is rush-ing to the spot,” Banerjee said.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely anguished over the road accident and announced an ex gratia of T2lakheach tothe next of kin of those who lost their lives in the incident. He also said that 150,000 each would be given to those injured, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PM0). Ten injured people are undergoing treatment in Jalpaiguri Super Speciality Hospital, the police officer said. 

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