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17 injured Punjab pilgrims discharged from Kullu hospital

At least 17 Punjab pilgrims injured in the Manikaran valley accident were discharged from the Kullu government hospital on Saturday.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 25, 2015 21:01 IST
HT Correspondent
Punjab

At least 17 Punjab pilgrims injured in the Manikaran valley accident were discharged from the Kullu government hospital on Saturday.

Four injured pilgrims were admitted to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, said a Punjab government spokesperson.

The ill-fated bus carrying over 60 pilgrims had skidded off the road and plunged into the swollen Parvati river on Thursday evening near Bhuntar in Kullu district.

The spokesperson said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was keeping a close watch over the rescue and relief operations being carried out by the National Disaster Response Force Teams (NDRF) in close coordination with the Himachal Pradesh government.

As per the reports received from Punjab inspector general Rakesh Chandra, who has been deputed to coordinate the relief and rescue operations, out of 21 injured, 17 have been discharged from Kullu hospital. While 37 persons are missing, nine bodies have been recovered so far and handed over to their family members.

IG Chandra has informed the government that NDRF teams have not yet got any major breakthrough in locating the bodies or the bus because of muddy water due to heavy rains at higher reaches and strong current. He further said that few observation posts have been set up at the Pandoh and Larji dams to spot these bodies. Control rooms have been set up at both these dams for information on the recovery of bodies to the authorities concerned.