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In Bihar’s Gaya, tree fall kills 2 of a marriage party, 4 injured

The deceased were sleeping inside the canopy when a huge branch of an old peepul tree fell on them.

india Updated: May 22, 2017 12:34 IST
Ruchir Kumar
Ruchir Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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Two of a marriage party killed after tree falls on them in Bihar’s Gaya district.(Reuters/Representative image )

Marriage festivities turned into gloom following a freak accident, killing two persons and injuring four of a baraat (bridegroom’s wedding entourage), after a tree fell on the makeshift shamiana (ceremonial tent) erected for the wedding, at Barev village in Bihar’s Gaya district, in the wee hours of Monday.

The tragedy, however, did not deter the groom’s father Tarkeshwar Mistri and bride’s dad Sitaram Mistri, to solemnise the marriage of their children.

Police said the deceased were sleeping inside the shamiana when a huge branch of an old Ficus religiosa (peepul) tree fell on them. The deceased have been identified as Rakesh Sharma, 35, and his 18-year-old son Subhash Sharma. Both belonged to Dev Kali village in the district.

The four injured were admitted to the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Hospital. Two of the injured had been identified as Bhopat Mistri and Manoj Mistri, station house officer of Mufassil police station Kamlesh Kumar Sharma told HT.

Police said the baraat had come from Bahera village under Guraru police station of the district, a distance of about 30 kms from the wedding venue.

Gaya city SP Awakash Kumar also confirmed the incident and said the bodies had been sent for post- mortem examination.

First Published: May 22, 2017 12:34 IST