Three including minor killed, one injured in road accident

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Berhampur: In a tragic road mishap, three persons including a minor were killed and a woman sustained grievous injuries near Liakhai village under Chikiti police limits in Ganjam district on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Laxminarayan Pradhan (55), A Kaniari (60) and Aliva (10). The injured woman, Laxminarayan’s wife Narattama Pradhan, is undergoing treatment at MKCG Hospital.

According to reports, a mini bus plying from Digapahandi to Chikiti hit Kanjari who was stading on the road near Liakhai following which the driver lost control and collided head on with a motorcycle on which Laxminarayan, Narattama and their granddaughter Aliva were travelling.

After running over the trio, the mini bus skidded off the road. However, all 35 passengers inside the vehicle escaped unhurt.

The four victims were rushed to Chikiti hospital in a critical condition. However, doctors declared Laxminarayan, Kaniari and Aliva brought dead. Narattama was later shifted to MKCG Hospital.

Following the mishap, locals staged a road blockade for five hours demanding compensation for the kin of the victims. On being informed, Tehsildar Indira Sahu and SDPO PK Jena reached the spot and took stock of the situation.

The blockade was lifted after the local administration released Rs 10,000 for the kin of each of the deceased from Red Cross fund.

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