Six dead, 72 hurt in Chhattisgarh accident
The accident took place late on Monday when activists were travelling through the hilly area of Dantewada district.india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 12:36 IST
At least six members of the anti-Maoist Salwa Judum movement were killed and over 70 injured when their truck overturned on a hill road in Chhattisgarh.
The accident took place late on Monday when activists were travelling through the hilly, forested area of Dantewada district, 438 kms south of capital Raipur, and their truck hit a tree.
Three people, including a woman, died on the spot while three others succumbed to injuries later at a government hospital.
"About 120-130 tribal villagers settled in a relief camp at Dornapal boarded the truck to reach Dantewada town to participate in a Salwa Judum rally scheduled on Tuesday afternoon, but their truck collided with a tree," district collector KR Pisda said over the phone.
"The truck driver is solely responsible for the accident. The district administration will grant Rs10,000 to family members of the deceased," he added.
Forty-two of the injured have been admitted to a district hospital with multiple fractures and wounds while the remaining 30 were taken to the Apollo Hospital at Bacheli in Dantewada district.
Since the launch of the Salwa Judum movement in June last year, 50,000 tribals of 600 forested villages have left home due to Maoist threats and settled down in government-run relief camps in Dantewada district.