Six kanwarias killed in Uttar Pradesh accident

August 6th, 2010 - 12:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 6 (IANS) At least six kanwarias, devotees of Lord Shiva, were killed and 25 injured when a speeding bus hit their tractor-trolley in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district early Friday, police said.
The bus of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) ploughed into the rear portion of the tractor-trolley in the Naangal area, some 350 km from Lucknow.

“The injured kanwarias were admitted to a hospital, where the condition of 10 of them is stated to be critical,” police inspector Nanak Chand told reporters in Bijnor.

“Majority of those killed or injured in the accident are residents of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district. The devotees were on their way to the holy town of Haridwar,” he added.

No passenger was present in the bus that was returning to Meerut from Haridwar.

During the Hindu month of Shravan, thousands of kanwarias walk all the way to Haridwar to collect the water of the Ganga, bring it back home and offer it to their Shiva icons back home.

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