Four tourists missing, search operation continues

Siliguri, July 11 (Shubhankar Pal): As a tourist-laden vehicle plunged into the swollen Teesta River in the Darjeeling hills Wednesday afternoon, the number of tourists missing has increased from three to four. Earlier, it was reported that there were three people in the car including the driver of the vehicle. But later this morning, when the family members of the missing tourists arrived from Rajasthan, they informed the rescue team that along with the driver, there were a total of four people inside the vehicle.

The men have been identified as Aman Garg, Gaurav Sharma and Gopal Narwani and the driver as Rakesh Rai,  a resident of Bhanu Nagar, Siliguri. Akash Sharma, Gaurav ‘s brother stated that the men were on an official trip. He also said that he had talked to all three before the incident. According to Akash, their mobile phones were switched off from Wednesday afternoon.

As per the report, the SUV was going to Gangtok in Sikkim from Bagdogra airport when it went off the road and fell into the river near Coronation Bridge, about 23 km from Siliguri. Meanwhile, the rescue team has been looking for the missing men and then vehicle steadily. Incessant rain over the past few days have triggered landslides in Darjeeling hills and roads to Sikkim were damaged at several places.

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