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7 killed, 3 injured in Dec 24 road accident
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Dec. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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Altogether seven persons including a woman were killed while another three injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were traveling fell into a deep gorge near Tseminyu sub divisional headquarter along the NH-61 on December 24 at around 2: 30 pm.
According to police, four of them were killed on the spot while another three succumbed to their injuries after reaching the nearby Hospital. Among the three injured, one was the driver of the Tata Sumo (NL 05T-0312) who was critically injured. The other two including a girl were also critically injured. All the injured were shifted to Kohima the same evening.
The accident occurred at a place between Tseminyu town and Phewenyu village where the vehicle rolled down about 500 foot.
Police assisted Assam Rifles personnel posted nearby and the public in helping the victims. The victims were first rushed to the nearby Community Health Centre, Tseminyu and the injured were later shifted to Naga Hospital Kohima.
The Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA) has expressed shock at the untimely death of three upcoming cricketers of the state. Of the seven killed, the NCA said three were cricket players who were identified as Govind Pradhan (NCA U-16 player), Deepak Sinah (NCA U-22 player) and Deepak Shrestra. One of the three injured was identified as Lima Wati, also a cricketer. The NCA said the four were club cricketers from Dimapur district and were returning from Wokha after playing a match at the ongoing winter challenge cup when they met with the accident. Govind and Deepak Shrestra died on the spot while Deepak Sinah succumbed to his injuries at the hospital after few hours. Lima Wati survived the accident with injuries.
According to NCA, Govind Pradhan had just only returned two days back from Chattisgarh after playing U-16 BCCI Associate Members Trophy in which he scored a total of 323 runs in 6 matches including century (112 runs). Deepak Sinah (Under-22) represented Nagaland at the North-East T-20 cup, the Nagaland U-19 team and the Nagaland U-22 at the BCCI Associate Members Trophy. He was also selected from Nagaland by the National Cricket Academy of the BCCI and underwent a one-week training at Bangalore. The NCA said Sinah was the “finest” opening batsman in the Nagaland team while Deepak Shrestra was a “very good medium pace bowler” and was listed for the Nagaland U-19 team trails, which was to begin soon. The NCA said it has lost three of its finest players and shall find it hard to replace them in the coming years. It may be mentioned that Govind Pradhan (NCA U-16 player) and Deepak Sinah (NCA U-22 player) were BCCI registered players from Nagaland.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who is also the president of the NCA has deeply condoled the death of the trio. The president has also sanctioned an amount of Rs. 50,000/- for the family of the deceased and Rs. 25,000/- for the medical treatment of Lima Wati from the fund of the association. NCA general secretary, Abu Metha personally visited the house of the deceased players and consoled the family members.
Meanwhile, the District Cricket Associations of Dimapur, Kohima and Wokha have condoled the tragic and untimely demise of the three cricketers and also wished speedy recovery to the injured cricketer. The three association members along with the NCA officials helped in recovering the bodies and ensured that the bodies reach their homes for their last rites. NCA has expressed gratitude to the old Tseminyu villagers, the police and administration of Tseminyu and all those who were involved during the hour of grief.
Also condoling the death of three cricketers, “The Volunteers” prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace. “The Volunteers” in a condolence message said to the bereaved family said, “You are not alone we the cricket family of cherry town too have lost a great lover and ambassador of the game.”

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