Couple, minor daughter killed in accident in Keonjhar

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Keonjhar: In a tragic incident, three members of a family, including a couple and their minor daughter, were killed after a van hit their motorcycle at Chemena under Turumunga police limits of Keonjhar district on Wednesday.

The deceased were identified as Sheikh Sajad, his wife Tamanna Bibi, elder daughter Afifa Tehrin (4). Another daughter of the couple, Tehesin Parveen (3), and another one-year-old girl providentially escaped in the fatal mishap.

According to sources, Sheikh, a resident of Chadheibhol area, along with his wife and daughters had gone to a hospital and were returning home on a bike. A van coming from Turumunga hit their bike on National Highway 49 near Banasahi at 5.20 pm.

They were immediately shifted to Keonjhar district headquarters hospital where Sheikh and his wife were pronounced dead. The two minor girls were shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where the couple’s elder daughter Afifa succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the van, Haritap Nayak, also suffered grievous injuries and undergoing treatment at the hospital. His condition was stated to be critical.

After the tragic accident, the irate locals staged a road blockade on NH 49 demanding immediate compensation for the deceased’s family.

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