Reported by Malay Ray
Rourkela, Jul 31:
Seven passengers from Odisha’s Sundargarh district were killed when the SUV in which they were travelling fell into the Sarjana river in Jharkhand in the wee hours today.
According to sources, eight persons from Vedavyas, Biramitrapur and Jagda area near Rourkela city had set out on their way to Lucknow on a Scorpio in search of the sister of one of them, who had gone missing, late on Thursday night.
While giving pass to a speeding dumper on a bridge, the driver who also is the owner of the SUV, lost control of the vehicle which overturned and fell into Sarjana river in Jharkhand at about 4 AM today killing seven passengers on the spot.
On getting information about the mishap, Khunti supreintendent of police (SP) Anish Gupta rushed to the spot with his team and arranged for the bodies to be retrieved from the debris.
The owner-driver of the Scorpio, however, was rescued by local people and rushed to the Khunti hospital. He was being brought back to Rourkela after preliminary treatment at Khunti.
“Kedar Priyadarshi Barik, the owner who was also driving the Scorpio, has sustained serious injuries on his spinal cord and is being brought back to Rourkela for further treatment,” Barik’s friend and general secretary of the Rourkela unit of Bajrang Dal J Mohanty told OST.
The deceased have been identified as Pintu Sharma, Sushil Pandey, Vickey Singh, Sonu Sahu, Ranjit Jha, Debansa Ray & Manish Pandey – all of them members of the Hindu Sena.
Sources said Vickey Singh, one of the deceased, had lodged a complaint with Brahmanitarang police on Thursday about his sister who had gone missing. He, along with seven of his friends, was going to Lucknow after getting information from some source that his sister was there, the sources added.
A pall of gloom has descended in the Steel City after news of the mishap spread.