Seven killed as truck ploughs into Congress meeting

February 11th, 2011 - 12:12 am ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Feb 10 (IANS) At least seven people died and 19 were injured when a runaway truck slammed into a roadside Congress meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district Thursday, police said. The meeting was being held at Silkua village in Kukshi constituency, where bypolls will be held Feb 14 along with Sonkutch, when the truck ploughed into the gathering after its brakes failed.

“Seven people died in the incident and 19 were injured. The injured have been sent to Badwani district hospital,” Superintendent of Police Rakesh Gupta said in Dhar, about 250 km from Bhopal. The dead included four children and two women.

The driver, yet to be identified, was beaten by the villagers and later taken into police custody.

Dhar’s Collector B.M. Sharma claimed that no official permission was taken by Congress party for the meeting.

But Congress legislator Umang Singhar said they were only interacting with villagers. “I was present on the spot and we were returning after meeting villagers. We were at roadside when the truck hit,” he said.

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