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By A Newsman

Siliguri, 02 January: TWO persons, including the daughter-in-law of Rabindranath Tagore’s biographer Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, have died in a road accident at Kalimpong hill this evening.

Twelve inmates of a non-government children’s home, Anubhav of Jalpaiguri, have been injured in the accident. Three of them are critical.

The accident took place around 7.30 pm this evening near Rambi Bazar in Kalimpong sub-division on National Highway 31A that links Siliguri to Sikkim and runs along the Teesta river. Rambi is about 40 km from Siliguri.

The children from Jalpaiguri, accompanied by Sunanda Mukhopadhyay (76), Gouri Dutta Choudhury (51) and a few other supervisory staff of Anubhav, had gone on a New Year picnic at Mongpoo in the hills this morning on a hired small bus.

After the picnic, they were returning to Jalpaiguri in the evening, when the driver lost control, and the bus fell into a roadside gorge. Mukhopadhyay and Choudury died on the spot; 12 of the children were rescued in injured condition by people from passing by vehicles and the police.

They have been rushed to a private nursing home in Siliguri, where they are undergoing treatment now. The condition of three of them is critical, police said.

Deceased Mukhopadhyay was the daughter-in-law of the late Tagore biographer; she used to live at Santiniketan and went to Jalpaiguri on a vacation.

It is not yet clear as to how the driver lost control on the hill road. As of now, only sketchy details are available as regards the nature of the accident.