43 killed in three mishaps

April 25th, 2008 - 7:45 am ICT by admin  

Jaipur/Pune, April 24 (IANS) At least 43 people were killed in three mishaps across the country during the past 24 hours, according to police reports received Thursday. Twenty-four people, including nine women and five children, were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head on with a truck in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district late Wednesday night.

Nineteen people, including 10 women and five children, were killed when a crowded boat carrying over 30 passengers capsized in river Neera, about 45 km from Pune in Maharashtra, Wednesday evening.

The police said a one-year-old was among the three injured in the Rajasthan accident, some 130 km from Jodhpur, that occurred Wednesday 11.30 p.m.

The victims were on their way to Decchu from Setrawa village after attending a marriage. Inspector General of Police Rajiv Dasot told IANS that 17 people died on the spot. Seven others succumbed to injuries while being taken to hospital.

In another incident, 19 people drowned when their crowded boat capsized in Pune’s Bhore sub-district.

The police said 30 to 32 people were travelling in the crude boat that had a capacity for 10. The victims were returning after attending a marriage in Rajgar village.

“It was a windy day. So the heavily loaded boat started wobbling,” Superintendent of Police (rural) Nagre Patil told IANS.

One naval boat has been deployed and rescue operations were launched. The police said 19 bodies were recovered till Thursday afternoon.

Among the victims, 14 were from the same family. The police said seven people swam to the shore.

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