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Pilgrimage ends in a tragedy

india Updated: Aug 18, 2008 00:40 IST
Pilgrimage ends in a tragedy

Yogesh Kumar will never be able forget this year' Rakshabandhan. Just a day ago, he had celebrated the festival with his elder sister Poonam Arora in Rajasthan. He could have never imagined this would be their last time together.

"Only a day ago, she had tied a Rakhi on me. All of us had gone on a pilgrimage to Rajasthan and we celebrated the festival there. I couldn't have imagined that barely 24 hours later, destiny would take such a cruel turn," said Yogesh.

Another relative of the Aroras, CM Nagpal, said the moment Deeksha gained consciousness, she had been asking for her mother and sister. "We have not told her anything. Her jaws are completely damaged and she is bleeding profusely," said Nagpal.

Vivek had suffered multiple fractures in his jaws and hips. "We want to shift them to another hospital as soon as possible. There is hardly anyone to take care of them," said Nagpal. They are admitted at AIIMS Trauma Centre.

Harish Kumar, a passerby, had rushed Vivek and Deeskha to hospital. Harish's wife alerted the police when the truck was trying to flee.

The police are now relying on the statement of Deeksha and Vivek to know the sequence of events.

"Though we have detained the truck driver, he was not much at fault. The car rammed it from behind. We are waiting for the survivors to recuperate and will take action accordingly," said a senior police officer.

The truck had come from Mumbai and was on its way to Haryana when the mishap happened. The driver, Ali Jaan, had parked on the roadside knowing well that it was illegal to park there.