first_imgDarjeeling/Kolkata: Five tourists from Bengal died in a road accident in Sikkim on Monday evening. Two others were seriously injured and have been shifted to Siliguri Hospital, whereas the driver of the ill-fated vehicle is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Sikkim.According to Sikkim police, a vehicle carrying 7 tourists skidded off the road at around 7:30 pm at Tinzerbong, West Sikkim, while negotiating a bend. The vehicle rolled down around 150 ft from the road and hit a clump of trees. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe police, along with local residents swung into action trying to rescue the occupants. The RTO, Geyzing and members of the Pelling Tourism Development Society were also present to conduct and oversee the rescue operation. 5 of the tourists had died on the spot, while two others and the driver of the vehicle were grievously injured. The deceased include Bibhas Pathak (42), Lily Pathak (52), Ashalata Pathak (61), Niharendu Biswas (57) and Brajendra Nath Pathak (71). They were residents of Nutanpally, North 24-Parganas. Pratap Biswas (41) and Tushar Kanta Pathak (57), along with driver Ashim Rai (27) were first taken to Jorethang Hospital, from where they were referred to Namchi District Hospital, Sikkim. Biswas and Pathak were then shifted to Siliguri Sub-Divisional Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe tourists had arrived and checked into Sikcrown Hotel, Kaluk, in West Sikkim District on October 21. On Monday they had gone to Namchi in South Sikkim for a day-long trip. On the way back to Kaluk the accident occurred. The bodies have been handed over to their relatives. The administration and tourism stakeholders do not encourage driving after dark in these remote areas in Sikkim. Narrow roads, high elevations and hairpin bends make the roads highly accident prone. However, tourists often coax drivers to drive at night in order to save time. Over speeding further aggravates the situation. On Tuesday night, Niharendu’s elder brother Nirmalendu said: “My sister in-law had called me late on Monday night. As I was asleep, I could not receive the call. On Tuesday morning I called her back and came to know about the incident. Niharendu’s son, along with two of his friends reached Sikkim. He told me that the body will be taken to Siliguri for autopsy and will be handed over to us later.”last_img