Seven tourists died and 10 sustained injuries when a tempo traveller fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district, officials said on Monday.
The mishap occurred at 8:30 pm on Sunday near Ghiyagi in Banjar subdivision, they said.
Five tourists died on the spot while two others surrendered to injuries at the hospital, they added.
The deceased were recognised as Saurabh, Priyanka Gupta, Kiran, hail from Delhi, Rishab Raj, and Anshika Jain, Aditya, and Ananmaya from Uttar Pradesh, Kullu superintendent of police Gurdev Sharma said.
Officials had earlier said three of the demised were from IIT Varanasi. However, it was explained later that they were among the injured.
The injured were Rahul Goswami, Kshitija Agarwal, Priyapal, Ishan Gupta from Haryana, driver Ajay Chauhan, Abhinav Singh, Nishtha Badoni from Uttar Pradesh. Rushav from New Delhi, Lakshaya from Rajasthan and Jai Aggarwal from Madhya Pradesh, he said.
BJP MLA from Banjar Surender Shourie surfaced a video on Facebook at 12.45 am on Monday. Reporting people about the accident that occurred in his Assembly segment.
The injured were first moved to Banjar hospital from where they have been referred to Kullu regional hospital for treatment after being given first aid, the MLA said.
The Banjar MLA thanked the district authority and the locals for executing the rescue operation despite darkness.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union minister Anurag Thakur, who hails from the state, condoled over the incident.
“I am deeply disheartened to hear the news of the death of seven people in a road accident in Kullu. May God give peace to the deaths and strength to the saddened families. Wishing speedy recovery to the injured,” the chief minister said in a tweet in Hindi.
“The mishap near Ghiyagi in Kullu is very sad. My sympathy to the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. May God give place to the departed souls,” Anurag Thakur, the Union minister and MP from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh tweeted in Hindi.
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