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Lightning kills three people in West Bengal’s Bankura

Forty-five tea garden workers, most of them women, were injured by lightning on Monday when they were working in Palasbari tea garden in Jalpaiguri district, about 650 km from Kolkata.

kolkata Updated: Jun 12, 2018 19:11 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Lightning,West Bengal,Bankura
Lightning strikes over residential apartments during a thunderstorm on the outskirts of New Delhi.(AFP File Photo)

At least three people were killed after lightning struck them in West Bengal’s Bankura district on Tuesday, a day after more than 40 tea garden workers were injured and two others died in similar incidents, officials said.

Abdul Ali Khan, a 31-year-old vendor, was struck when he was returning home. Lakshmi Majhi, 32, and her 12-year-old daughter Payel Majhi were killed when they went to a field to bring their cow home after it started raining.

Forty-five tea garden workers, most of them women, were injured by lightning on Monday when they were working in Palasbari tea garden in Jalpaiguri district, about 650 km from Kolkata.

Amitabha Maiti, superintendent of police of Jalpaiguri district, said three of those injured in the tea garden were in a critical condition.

Heavy rains and frequent lightning struck Kolkata on Tuesday resulting in water logging in several main thoroughfares at Kakurgachi, Central Avenue, Kalighat, Sarat Bose Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road. But there were no reports of lightning deaths in Kolkata.

Ananda Pal, 45, in Santipur of Nadia district, and 32-year-old Sanjay Das in Keshpur in West Midnapore district were struck by lightning on Monday. An aspiring cricketer Debabrata Pal, 21, was killed in a cricket coaching centre in south Kolkata after a lightning struck a spot very close to him.

The National Crime Records Bureau’s annual report showed 169 people were killed by lightning in West Bengal in 2015. It said 2,641 people lost their lives in lightning in the same year.

In 2014, as many as 2,582 people were killed by lightning in the country and in 2013, the figure stood at 2,833.

First Published: Jun 12, 2018 19:10 IST