Sagar Island: Twenty eight pilgrims
were injured in road accidents as several lakhs of devotees
took a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga and Bay of
Bengal on Makar Sankranti on Sunday.
Twenty two persons from Bihar were injured on their
return journey when their vehicle overturned at Bamankhali,
near here, this evening, police said. All the injured were
In another accident, six devotees from Haryana were
injured when the bus in which they were returning turned
turtle at Diamond Harbour in the morning. They two were
hospitalised, police said.
Several lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country came
here from January 9 till the concluding day today, District
Magistrate NS Nigam said, adding that many foreigners also
visited the place.
Among the visitors were BJP leaders Jaswant Singh, Uma
Bharati and Supreme Court judge CK Prasad.
Elaborate security arrangements were made with
installation of 10 watch towers, deployment of 6,500 policemen
along with coast guards, BSF and Navy. About 7,000 volunteers
of different NGOs and civil defence personnel were also at
work, official sources said.
Security forces in the sea were equipped with hovercraft
and small aircraft.
Four state and one central minister of the Trinamool
Congress camped at the site to monitor the arrangements.