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West Bengal: Class II student succumbs eight days after pool car accident in Hooghly district

Kolkata, Feb 22 (UNI) Class II student Rishabh Singh, who had swallowed muddy and dirty water after the pool car he was travelling in to school fell upside down into a ditch-cum-drain in the
Hooghly district, died early Saturday at the government-owned SSKM Hospital, eight days after the accident.
Another pre-teen boy- Dibyangshu Bhagat- who is now on ventilation support at the super-speciality hospital in south Kolkata, is responding to the treatment.
SSKM Hospital sources said Bhagat on Friday acknowledged his mother's call faintly.
The medics said both the boys swallowed dirty water, which accumulated in their lungs after their pool car fell upside down at Polba in Chisura in the Hooghly district in the morning of February 14.
Altogether 15 students were injured, of which two students were shifted to the SSKM Hospital in critical state.
The pool car accident opened up a series of controversies across the state about the system of transportation of student by private car owners, who drive recklessly and change vehicles on routes without the knowledge of the parents.
Sreerampur Lok Sabha MP Pankaj Banerjee, who visited the hospital and met the grieving parents, blamed the pool car owners and described the death was caused due to the negligence of the driver.
A report from Sreerampur said after the demise of the seven-year-old boy a pall of gloom has descended in the area and people shut down markets and shops voluntarily to condole the little boy's death.
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