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Asansol: Two youths have died after falling from a bridge into a canal at Durgapur in West Burdwan district.

The deceased have been identified as Rabi Das and Gautam Yadav of Banik Para under Coke Oven police station in Durgapur.

The two youths had gone to Birbhanpur Smashan (crematorium) last night for the cremation of a relative. After the cremation, the duo set out for home on a motorcycle.

As they were crossing the bridge over the Damodar canal, losing direction in the darkness, their motorcycle plunged into the canal through a missing portion of the guard wall. Other people who were in the cremation team and were behind them alerted police and local residents.

Police engaged some divers and managed to fish out the motorcycle early in the morning. Later in the day, local residents retrieved the dead bodies of the two youths from the canal.

People of the area have demanded that Damodar Valley Corporation, a Central PSU, should reinstall the guard wall on the bridge as in order to go to the crematorium people have no option but to cross the bridge. They have also demanded adequate street lights on the bridge.