Mita Pradhan, Akash, Lili, Bayakhand Gauda, Madan Gauda, Mamina Gauda, Babina Gauda : “Eight Killed in Tragic Minibus Accident in Keonjhar, Odisha”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Eight individuals from two families tragically lost their lives in a devastating accident that occurred in Keonjhar, Odisha. The incident took place early on Friday morning when a minibus collided with a parked truck on NH-20 near Balijodi, under the jurisdiction of the Ghatagaon police station. The force of the impact was so intense that the front section of the minibus suffered severe damage, causing the bodies of the deceased and the injured to be scattered along the road.

The victims were identified as Mita Pradhan, her son Akash, and daughter-in-law Lili from one family, and Bayakhand Gauda, Madan Gauda, Mamina Gauda, Babina Gauda from another family. The authorities are still working on identifying the name of another deceased member of the Gauda family. The families were en route to Ghatagaon from their native place in Ganjam district to offer prayers at the Maa Tarini shrine when the tragic accident occurred.

Coincidentally, this unfortunate mishap took place on the first day of the Zero Fatality Week, a campaign initiated by the Odisha transport department to reduce the number of road accident deaths. The campaign emphasizes zero tolerance towards drunk driving, with police instructed to immediately arrest any intoxicated drivers during this week.

The news of this tragic accident has left the local community in shock and mourning. The loss of eight lives has deeply affected the families involved, as well as the wider community. The authorities are conducting a thorough investigation into the incident to determine the exact cause of the collision.

Road accidents continue to be a major concern in India, with thousands of lives lost every year. It is crucial for both the government and citizens to prioritize road safety and adhere to traffic regulations to prevent such devastating incidents. Initiatives like the Zero Fatality Week aim to raise awareness and encourage responsible driving practices.

As the investigation into this accident continues, it serves as a somber reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for stricter enforcement of traffic laws. It is hoped that through collective efforts, such tragedies can be avoided, and families can be spared the pain and loss caused by road accidents.

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