Officials said on Monday that three students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Varanasi were among the ten tourists killed when a tempo traveller fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district, news agency PTI reported.
Ten others were injured in the accident, which occurred at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday in Ghiyaghi, Banjar subdivision.
Expressing grief over the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated: “The incident of a tourist vehicle falling into a ditch in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh is very sad. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones in this accident. Along with this, all possible help is being provided to the injured. I wish him a speedy recovery.”
हिमाचल प्रदेश के कुल्लू में टूरिस्ट वाहन के खाई में गिरने की घटना अत्यंत दुखदायी है। इस दुर्घटना में जिन्होंने अपनों को खो दिया है, उनके परिजनों के प्रति मैं गहरी संवेदना प्रकट करता हूं। इसके साथ ही घायलों की हरसंभव मदद की जा रही है। उनके शीघ्र स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूं: PM
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Surender Shourie, a BJP MLA from Banjar, posted a video on Facebook at 12:45 a.m. on Monday, informing people about the accident.
The injured were first taken to Banjar hospital, where they were given first aid before being referred to a Kullu hospital, he said.
About a week ago, seven persons were murdered in another tragedy in Jharkhand’s Hazaribag district. According to police, the tragedy occurred when a bus carrying around 50 passengers slid off a bridge.
According to Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan Chothe, the disaster occurred when a Ranchi-bound bus travelling from Giridih district broke the bridge railing and plummeted into a dry section in the Siwanne River in the Tatijharia Police Station area.
Two people died on the scene, while five others died as a result of their injuries.
Several people were rescued after becoming trapped inside the vehicle.
(With Inputs From Agencies)