9 pilgrims killed in road accident while returning from Kumbh mela

  • PTI, Shivpuri
  • Updated: May 21, 2016 23:58 IST
(Representative image) Nine pilgrims who were returning from Kumbh mela in Ujjain were killed in an accident on the Agra-Mumbai highway. (AP File Photo)

Nine pilgrims, including six women, were killed and three were injured when the jeep carrying them collided head-on with a truck on the Agra-Mumbai highway near here, police said.

The incident took place between Lukwasa and Kulhadi villages under Badarwas police station area when victims were returning with the body of a family member -- who died in Ujjain due to a heat stroke -- to Gorakhpur after participating in the Simhastha Kumbh Mela, inspector PP Mudgal told PTI.

He said that six people died on the spot while three succumbed to injuries in a nearby hospital where they were admitted.

All the injured have been admitted to the district hospital, he added.

Badarwas police station inspector Mudgal said the ill-fated jeep was carrying 13 pilgrims in all.

One of the injured, Payal Singh, resident of Gorakhpur, UP, said they had come to take a holy dip in the Kshipra river during Kumbh where her father died due to a heat stroke.

She said they were returning with the body when the second tragedy struck them.

“We have registered a case and further investigation is on,” the inspector added.

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