Five tourists killed in Sikkim road accident

Report by: 
SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
23 Oct 2018

Five tourists were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling from Kaluk in West Sikkim to Gangtok fell in a gorge on Monday night. Two other injured tourists and the driver of the vehicle have been admitted to Namchi hospital in a serious condition.
It was learnt that a group of 17 tourists were travelling in two Xylo vehicles when one of the vehicles lost control and fell in a 100-metre deep gorge. The accident occurred on Reshi – Mangli Road. The group of tourists was from Maslandpur in North 24 district of West Bengal. The group of 17 had gone to Sikkim on puja vacation. Those killed were identified as Bibhas Pathak (42), Lily Pathak (52), Brajenderanath Pathak (71), Ashalata Pathak (61) and Niharendu Biswas (57). The injured were Pratap Biswas (41), Tushar Kanti Pathak (53) and the driver Asim Rai.
More than 200 residents of the area gathered at the spot after the accident and the rescue was carried out by the police with the help of local people. The police suspected that the accident took place late in the evening when there was heavy fog in the area. It may be mentioned that accidents occur on the hill roads of Sikkim often for travelling at night. Tourists take the risk to economize on hotel stays, but some time at the cost of their lives.