Five pilgrims mowed down by speeding car at Kumbh Mela

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 14:18

Haridwar: Five Kumbh pilgrims were killed
and nine others injured when they were hit by an overspeeding
car carrying Naga Sadhus at Birla Ghat bridge area Wednesday.

The accident took place when a procession of `Joona
Akhara` was moving towards Har-Ki-Pauri, the main bathing
ghat, and the crowd lined up on the roadside to witness it was
hit by the vehicle, SSP, Kumbh Mela, Ajay Rautela said.

He said five pilgrims, including three women and a
girl, were killed and nine others injured in the accident. The
identity of the deceased is yet to be established.

The injured have been admitted to the mela hospital.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has ordered a
magisterial inquiry into the incident and announced an
ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of those
killed.

Expressing grief over the incident, Nishank has asked
the administration to provide best medical treatment to the
injured.

During the fourth and last royal bath on the occasion
of Mesh Sankranti today, nearly 80 lakh pilgrims including
Sadhus and seers belonging to various akharas have taken a dip
in the Kumbh area, official sources said.

Various ghats of Haridwar and Rishikesh were seen
flooded with pilgrims since last night.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 14:18

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