Truck mows down four devotees in West BengalApril 12th, 2008 - 10:50 pm ICT by admin
Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) A 400-year-old festival at a West Bengal village was cancelled after four devotees were mowed down by a truck Saturday. “A lorry over ran over four devotees who were sleeping by the side of the main road in Orgram area of Bardhaman around 5 a.m. The youths were residents of village Billogram. They were bringing water from the river Ganga from Katwa area for worshipping the Shiva idol in their village temple,” Bardhaman Superintendent of Police Piyush Pande told IANS.
“The driver of the lorry fled from the spot with his vehicle. But we have the lorry’s registration number and hope to track him down soon,” he said.
The accident stunned villagers and devotees who had come to celebrate “Gajan”, annual worshipping of lord Shiva at the 400-year old temple in Billogram.
Seeing the incident as an ill omen, the residents have unanimously decided to postpone the festival this year.
“This kind of mishap has never happened in the 400-year history of the temple. This is unfortunate as well as an ill omen. Perhaps god is forbidding us to celebrate the festival this year. So after much discussions among ourselves we have decided this evening to ban the festival for a year,” Narayan Chandra Das, a devotee, told IANS.