Avalanche Buries Taxi, Mother-Son Killed

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SRINAGAR: A mother- son duo from Kolkatta was killed when a snow avalanche buried a taxi in the mountainous Ladakh region of Kashmir today.

A police official said that a Xylo cab (JK10- 5859) carrying three tourists from Kolkatta was on way to Ladakh on Tuesday when a snow avalanche hit Khardungla, a mountain pass at an altitude of over 5,300m and buried the Xylo under it.

In the incident, four people, three of them from a family and the cab driver identified as Abdul Haq were injured, he said.

By the time rescue teams of police and army reached the spot, two tourists were dead while remaining two persons in the cab were rescued in injured condition and shifted to hospital, the official said.

The official identified the dead as Rajasri Basu, 50, a professor of political science at Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata and her son Soumyadeep Basu, 21, an engineering student. Padmanava Basu, 59, the head of the family, is being treated at the army hospital. He is said to be a scientist and head of the nuclear physics department at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata.

After conducting post-mortems and other necessary formalities, the bodies of Soumyadeep and his mother were flown to Calcutta on Wednesday afternoon, the official said.

He said that the condition of Padmanava was stable and he too was flown to the city along with the deceased members of his family. (GNS)

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