Chapra, Feb. 9: At least 7 persons including four women died near Hatra market of Chapra on Friday night when a lorry had hit a toto in high speed and mowed its 8 passengers on Krishnanagar-Karimpur road.
All the victims except the driver of the ill fated toto belonged to the same family, who were going to attend a religious soiree. 5 of the victims died on the spot, whereas the other, an elderly woman identified as Amu Biwi (45), succumbed to injuries at Saktinagar district hospital in Krishnanagar. 2 persons which include a child and a pedestrian are at present fighting for life in the same hospital.
The other victims were identified as Mehelika Biwi, Imran Mullick, Nasreen Biswas, Alora Biswas, Suriya Biwi, Jharna Biswas.
According to police sources, the incident occurred at about 8pm when the 7 family members of Khadem Biswas, a trader in Talukhuda village left home on a toto to attend the religious soiree in Banikhori village.
Eye witness said, the incident occurred a little away from Hatra market when a Krishnanagar bound lorry broke lane in a bid to overtake another and hit the Toto head-on mowing it with all the passengers and killed five of them instantly. The killer lorry, however, managed to flee in high speed despite some youths chased the vehicle. (MORE DETAILS AWAITED)