Hooghly/Asansol: Mishaps on the dawn of Mahalaya have claimed at least three lives, while two are critically injured.
Middle-aged Subodh Jose drowned in the Hooghly at Bottala Ghat of Uttarpara Kotrang while performing Tarpan ~ a prayer offered to the ancestors on the occasion of Mahalaya.
At Kalibari Ghat again at Uttarpara Sandeep Santra (45) drowned in the Hooghly. Santram, a resident of Tarakeswar, had come to Uttarpara to perform Tarpan.
While these two mishaps occurred in the river, at Kalna in East Burdwan a mishap on the road has claimed the life of a woman and has left two critically injured.
Abha Rej, in her 70’s, was riding pillion with her daughter on the scooter of her son-in-law to Malatipur Ghat for performing Tarpan. Near Dhatrigram Rail Gate, the scooter collided head-on with a bus, leaving all the three of them critically injured.
People from the vicinity rushed them to Kalna Sub-divisional Hospital, where Rej was declared dead on arrival. Her daughter and son-in-law are admitted in a critical condition.