Seven people were killed when a bus mowed down the people who were sleeping on the pavement near Gangaghat in Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh). Among the deceased were four women and three children. According to reports, the people who were sleeping were pilgrims returning from Vaishnodevi. The police also said that the victims were on another bus that was returning from Vaishnoidevi around 2 am. After the bus stopped, the seven people decided to rest on the pavement when another bus that was trying to take a turn ran them over.
The administration has announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh and probe into the incident has started. The bodies have been sent for post mortem, and some people injured in the accident have been admitted to a nearby hospital the police said. The victims were from Hathras in Uttar Pradesh and were returning from Naraura Ghat after taking a dip in the Ganga river.
The accused driver of the bus has fled the spot and the police are on the look out for him. It is also being reported that there were no CCTV cameras around the area, due to which there is no footage of the incident. Among the dead, three people were from one family. The Bulandshar police in a statement said that the investigations are underway and the driver will be nabbed soon.
"थाना नरौरा क्षेत्रान्तर्गत दुर्घटना में 07 तीर्थ यात्रियों की हुई मृत्यु की घटित घटना के सम्बंध में वरिष्ठ पुलिस अधीक्षक @bulandshahrpol का आधिकारिक वक्तव्य" #uppolice @Uppolice @dgpup @adgzonemeerut @igrangemeerut @News18UP pic.twitter.com/oDOXzemuxN— Bulandshahr Police (@bulandshahrpol) October 11, 2019
In a similar incident, a bus carrying pilgrims overturned near Trishulya Ghat in Ambaji in Gujarat. 21 people were killed in this accident and at least 30 people were injured, the police had confirmed.