Series of mishaps during Char Dham Yatra raises safety concern



Dehradun: A series of fatal road mishaps that took place in course of the 'Char Dham Yatra' in Uttarakhand during the past one month has raised some serious questions regarding security arrangements of the pilgrimage.

Ever since the pilgrimage begun on April 24, as many as 33 devotees have lost their lives in mishaps, the worst taking place in Tihri on May 22, when 27 people from Madhya Pradesh were killed and 15 others injured in a road accident.

The mishap occurred when the bus fell in river Ganga after the driver lost control in an attempt to overtake a vehicle.

The very next day on May 23, three pilgrims on way to Kedarnath were killed and 12 others injured after a tree crashed on their bus.

Also 12 pilgrims lost their lives in different incidents after their vehicles fell in Alaknanda river last month.

On May 25, two persons died after their car fell into Alaknanda river and in a similar incident on May 29, five pilgrims from Rajasthan lost their lives in a similar mishap.

In another mishap on the same river, five pilgrims from Punjab were killed after their vehicle fell into Alaknanda.

Accusing the state government of negligence, opposition BJP has alleged necessary security arrangements were not taken care of.

"People come for pilgrimage with a high degree of devotion and belief. Government should be careful enough for their security," party's state spokesperson Satish Lakheda said.

PTI