Kullu, November 16
Seven labourers from Bihar were killed and one was injured when a vehicle in which they were travelling fell from a bridge in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district on Sunday night, police said.
The Mahindra pickup fell from the Gharat bridge on Mandi-Ner Chowk highway.
हिमाचल प्रदेश के मंडी में सड़क हादसे की खबर से अत्यंत दुख हुआ है। सरकार राहत और बचाव कार्य में जुटी हुई है। इस दुर्घटना में मृतकों के परिजनों के प्रति गहरी संवेदना प्रकट करता हूं और घायलों के जल्द स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूं : PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 16, 2020
The labourers had come on a bus from Ludhiana and were to deboard at Ner Chowk and reached Mandi. A contractor had sent a pickup to bring them to Ner Chowk.
Mandi SP Shalini Agnihotri said six people died on the spot, while two injured were taken to a zonal hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries. She added that the driver of the vehicle was injured and was undergoing treatment in Mandi hospital.
The police have registered a case under IPC sections 279 (rash driving), 338 (causing grievous hurt to any person) and 304 A (causing death by negligence).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the loss of lives in a road accident in Himachal Pradesh and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members.
In a tweet, he said the government is carrying out a rescue and relief work, and wished a quick recovery to the injured. —with PTI