June 2006 News

Family Grief-stricken As Bengal Tourist Dies In Srinagar

2 June 2006

Kolkata: The family of Swaraj Dutta here was plunged into sorrow this morning on learning that he had succumbed to injuries sustained during an attack on a group of tourists in Srinagar. Wailing relatives gathered at the Dutta family's home at Kasba in south Kolkata after the West Bengal government informed Swaraj's kin of his death and news channels started flashing the news. Swaraj, a manager with the State Bank of India, was one of the tourists who were injured when militants lobbed grenades at two buses carrying tourists in Srinagar on Wednesday. He had gone for a holiday to Jammu and Kashmir with his wife Sumana, son and daughter-in-law. Sumana, who too was injured in the attack, is returning here this evening while her husband's body will be flown back in a special plane. Thirty of the injured are being brought back by a special flight this evening and nine of them with serious wounds will be rushed to SSKM hospital, state Tourism Minister Manab Mukherjee told reporters. Three MPs - Amitabha Nandy, Sudhanshu Seal and Mohammed Salim - will accompany the tourists here. Special arrangements are being made at the airport to shift the injured to hospital.


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