Four persons from West Bengal, including three members of a family, were killed and another injured when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge at Kedu in Bhutan, officials said today.
The deceased have been identified as Biman Bhattacharya (52) his wife Soma (43) and son Soham (14), besides the driver of the jeep Lalan Das.
Bhattacharya's nephew Rohan has been hospitalised in critical condition, state Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh said today. While the Bhattacharya family were from Nimta in North 24-Parganas, Das was a resident of Siliguri, Ghosh said.
The jeep had skidded off the road and hurtled down the deep gorge late last night, police said. Earlier, North 24-Parganas Deputy Magistrate Dhrubajyoti De had put the death toll at three, while stating that two persons were injured.
The family, which had set out for Bhutan on October 13, were returning from the tour when the accident occurred. In reply to another question, the chief secretary said that the tourists from the state, stranded at Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh because of inclement weather, have been rescued and were being brought to Kolkata. He said the state government would sensitise tour operators on the risks involved in taking tourists to high altitudes.