Two Jalandhar men were killed while another was injured when a tree fell over the tent they were sleeping in at a government-run nature camp in Narkanda, 65 kilometres from Shimla in the wee hours of Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Ashok Sidhu, 45, and Rajesh Kumar, 36, who died on the spot. The injured, Gagan, was referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla.
The three were part of an eight-member team of Punjab education department ministerial staff who were on a personal trip to the nature camp run by Himachal Pradesh Forest Development Corp Ltd.
Gagan’s mother told HT that they had left for Narkanda at around 1 pm on Wednesday. She said Gagan had got fracture on both legs.
KS Pathania, vice-chairperson of forest corporation, also visited the site. The government, as per the disaster manual, disbursed a relief amount of `4.5lakh to kin of each deceased, disclosed a government spokesperson here.
Shimla superintendent of police (SP) DW Negi said the police was informed by the forest corporation care taker. “We have registered a case,” he said. Sources said the site was located in a safe position and there were no old trees near it. “It was due to heavy rainfall and storm in the wee hours that led to the accident,” a cop said requesting anonymity. The tree fell on two tents but no one inside the second tent was injured.