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7 pilgrims mowed down by speeding SUV

Four died on the spot. Eight injured were rushed to the government hospital in Karauli where the doctors declared three dead.

jaipur Updated: Sep 27, 2017 19:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan,SUV,Beeloni Goddess
The driver of the speeding vehicle has been arrested.(HT File Photo)

Seven pilgrims died and a dozen were injured when a speeding SUV hit them while they were on their way to a temple at 3.30 am in Dholpur on Wednesday, police said.

More than a dozen people from Badi began the journey on foot to visit Beeloni Goddess in Bathua Khoh village late on Tuesday evening. The incident took place near Khareh river, when they were sitting under a peepal tree and having tea from a roadside shop. A speeding SUV hit them on NH-11 B from Dholpur to Karauli.

Four died on the spot. Eight injured were rushed to the government hospital in Karauli where the doctors declared three dead.

The police have handed over four bodies to the family members after conducting a postmortem.

After being informed, police teams reached the spot and the injured were rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

Superintendent of police Rajesh Singh said that the jeep has been seized but the driver fled after the incident.But was later arrested by the police.

He has been identified as Pappu Kushwaha from Kunkuta Boreli

While Mandei Kushwaha (35), Kumvar Singh Kushwaha (25), Dharmendra Singh Kushwaha (14) from Baira Pura colony of Badi, Ishwari Devi (27) from Dhonara village died on the spot, Madhu Kushwaha (14), Rashmi Kushwaha (14),Laxman Kushwaha (25) died during treatment in Karauli.

Local gathered in large numbers to take part in the cremations.

Shashi (15), Sundar Singh (17), Leeladhar (40) have been referred to a bigger hospital in Jaipur from Karauli after doctors declared them critical.

Neeraj (20), Rajvati (15),Puja (12) are undergoing treatment in Karauli.

The injured and deceased belong to the Kushwaha community from Baira Baag of Badi.

Sub divisional magistrate of Badi GL Meena said Rs 50,000 each will be paid to the family of the deceased. The proposal to offer assistance has been forwarded to the district collector.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 19:18 IST