Eight Kolkata tourists killed in Himachal accident (Lead)

April 29th, 2009 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla/Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Eight tourists from Kolkata, including five women, were killed when a privately-owned mini-bus rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district Wednesday, an official said.
The tourists, comprising employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and their family members, were on a private visit to the state when the bus fell into the gorge near Sojha village in Banjar sub-division of Kullu, about 300 km from here. Thirteen people were travelling in the mini-bus.

“Eight tourists were killed when their bus fell into a 1,000 feet deep gorge this (Wednesday) afternoon,” Deputy Commissioner M. Sudha Devi told IANS on phone.

She said five injured tourists were rushed to a government hospital in Banjar.

“The BSNL employees and their family members were coming from Ani to Banjar when the accident occurred. Most of the victims belonged to Kolkata,” she said.

Pranab Saha, part of the 22-member tourist team, said: “We were on the way to Kulu when the accident took place.

“We were travelling in the second car and saw that vehicle slipping down the hillside,” Saha told IANS by phone.

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