UP’s bloody Holi: At least 18 dead in accidents, 2 killed in clashes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Mar 25, 2016 15:57 IST
Revellers enjoying rain of coloured water during traditional holi celebration. (Hindustan Times)

At least 20 people were killed during revelry, as cops failed to avert firing, group clashes and drunken driving on Wednesday.

Nearly 16 people were killed in road accidents while two youths drowned in a canal in Gosaiganj.

Two people died in group clashes in Madiaon and Gosaiganj areas, while over 12 people were injured in accidents and clashes over petty issues.

A retired army personnel’s son shot dead a youth when a group of hooligans attacked his house in Madiaon on Wednesday afternoon. The family of retired army man Arun Kumar Mishra had objected to loud music which the hooligans resented. As they started pelting stone on Mishra’s house, Mishra’s elder son Ajit alias Monu opened fire on them with his father’s DBBP gun. Sanjay, 30, who was leading the group, was hit in the chest. He was rushed to KGMU’s trauma centre when he succumbed during treatment. Monu fled after the incident but his father and younger brother Pintu were arrested.

A labourer Vijay Mal was killed in a brawl with another labourer Bablu in Gosaiganj. Two brothers Ramesh and Anil, both residents of Gomti Nagar, drowned while taking a bath in Indira Canal in Gosaiganj on Wednesday afternoon.Two friends Shubham Yadav, 24, and Akash, 21, were killed in a collision of two motorcycles in front of Para police station on Wednesday afternoon.

A BCom third year student of a city college, Shiv Shanker was also killed after his motorcycle rammed into another motorcycle at Memura turn in Mohanlalganj.

Chowk resident Ankit Yadav, 25, and Ram Dulare, 38, were killed in road mishaps near Bengali hotel and in front of Durga Mandir.

In Hasanganj, Hori Lal, 25 was killed after being hit by a four wheeler near Daliganj crossing while Mukesh Kumar Kashyap, 30, died when a speeding motorcyclist hit him in front of Naveen Galla Mandi on Sitapur Road. Puneet Gaud, 52, was killed after a speeding car hit his motorcycle in Madiaon while 35-year-old Suresh Kumar was killed in a mishap in Nagram. Shubham, 30, was killed when his motorcycle crashed into road divider on Campbell Road. Tufail Ahmad, 10, died after a tempo turned turtle in Vikas Nagar while Amit Verma 23, a tempo driver, was killed as his tempo over turned after ramming into a divider in Krishna Nagar. Two unknown people were killed after being hit by unknown vehicles in Kakori area.

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