One tourist dead, 22 are injured in accidents

Bhadrak: A tourist from Chhatishgarh died and 22 pilgrims were injured, four of them seriously, in separate road accidents in Odisha's Bhadrak district on Monday, police said.

The deceased Chandraram Sahu (62) of Rahina village in Bhatagain area of the neighbouring state was run over by an unknown lorry while crossing the road near Bhandaripokhari bazaar alongwith other co-passengers.

The tourist bus in which he was on his way to Puri had stopped near an eating joint along NH-5.

The body was sent for post-mortem to Bhadrak hospital, said IIC, Bhandaripokhari police station, Bijay Mohapatra.

In another mishap at Rahanja, about 10 kms from here, at least 22 tourists from Bilaspur were injured when the bus in which they were travelling overturned near Nayanjuri on NH No. 5 in the wee hours.

The injured persons were admitted at the district headquarters hospital here while the seriously hurt shifted to SCB Medical College hospital at Cuttack.

The tourists were returning from Gangasagar mela in West Bengal and heading towards Puri to have a darshan of Lord Jagannath when mishap struck them.

Inquiry into the both the mishaps was continuing, police said.