Six persons died and 15 were injured in separate road accidents in South Dinajpur district during the Durga Puja festival.
All the road accidents were related to what police termed ‘reckless motorcycle driving.’
In another separate case, two unidentified bodies were also recovered from the Atryee river on Monday.
The number of road accidents and the death has give rise to concerns, while people wondered how, despite the relentless campaign and road safety measures, road accidents continued to take lives.
Two persons were killed in the night of 6 October in the Pagliganj village under the Balurghat police station limits. Two friends, Biplab Sarkar, 25, and Subham Majumdar, 25, were on their way back home after puja celebrations in Gangarampur when they had a head-on collision with a Bolero car.
“Both the motorcyclists died on the spot, while police failed to arrest the driver, but seized the car,” sources said.
In another incident in the night of 7 October, three persons were killed in the Rajpur Uttarpara village under the Akcha gram Panchayat in Kushmandi block.
A motorcycle from Kaliaganj on its way back to Kushmandi hit Shampa Sarkar, 14, and Ranjan Sarkar, 25, who were returning home after pandal-hopping.
One motorcyclist, Sudeb Roy, also died in the incident, while two pillion riders were seriously injured.
The same day, one Swapan Kumar Mandal of Thakurpura area within the Balurghat police station limits also died after falling from a two wheeler at the Thakurpura bus stand.