Another Indian pilgrim dies during Kailash yatra (Lead)

June 12th, 2009 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

By Sudeshna Sarkar
Kathmandu, June 12 (IANS) One more Indian pilgrim on the yatra to the holy Mount Kailash in Tibet died Friday, travellers returning to Kathmandu from the gruelling overland journey said.

The man, said to be in his 50s, was admitted to a medical clinic in Khasa town on the Nepal-Tibet border but discharged after the doctors said he was beyond help.

“He died while being taken towards the Friendship Bridge (connecting Tibet and Nepal) this morning,” said Vidyapati Vyas, a technical consultant from Ahmedabad who was part of a group of Indian pilgrims returning to Kathmandu Friday.

The dead man has been identified as Mohan, 54. He was from south India but the group had no more details immediately.

“Their jeep was coming with ours,” Vyas said. “It was stopped at the border point with the Chinese saying they would have to make a deposit of Rs.75,000 at the Chinese embassy to take the body back,” Vyas told IANS.

“The last we saw of them, his wife was weeping at the border.”

Earlier, Nepal’s Teaching Hospital had confirmed the deaths of six Indian pilgrims including two women.

However, pilgrims returning from the journey said they heard rumours of the toll being 10.

Some details in this regard have yet not reached the authorities in Nepal.

“A 13-year-old girl died around June 4,” said Rajendra Harsh, a finance consultant from Ahmedabad. “She was vomiting near the Dolma Pass.”

Pilgrims returning from the 16-day journey have horror stories about the way their tour agent allegedly fleeced them.

“There were none of the arrangements mentioned in the brochures,” Harsh said. “There were no doctors with the groups and no medicine. There was no food, water or oxygen cylinder,” he complained.

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