At least 12 people, including women and children, were killed and several others injured when a speeding truck ran over a religious procession in Bihar’s Vaishali district on Sunday evening, officials said.
The accident took place around 9 pm when the procession gathered in front of a roadside “peepal” tree to offer prayers to the local deity in Desri police station area of Uttar Bihar district, about 30 km from the state capital. Bhumi Baba”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the accident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each victim and Rs 50,000 to each injured person.
“The accident in Vaishali, Bihar is tragic. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh will be given to the kin of each deceased from PMNRF (Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund). Rs 50,000 will be given to the injured,” the Prime Minister said on Twitter.
The accident in Bihar’s Vaishali is tragic. Condolences to the bereaved family. May the injured get well soon. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF will be given to the next of kin of each deceased. The injured will be paid. 50,000: P.M @NarendraModi
– PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 20, 2022
President Draupadi Murmu expressed grief over the incident and said reports of the accident were “extremely painful”.
The news of the death of several people including children in a road accident in Bihar’s Vaishali is very painful. Deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this accident and wish the injured a speedy recovery.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 20, 2022
RJD MLA Mukesh Raushan, under whose Mahua constituency the incident took place, rushed to the area and said, “At least nine people died on the spot. Many were taken to Hajipur (district headquarters) Sadar Hospital. , and three died on the way. Those in critical condition Being referred to Patna Hospital”.
Vaishali Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar said, “The procession was taken out as part of a ritual associated with a wedding. There was a wedding scheduled in a few days at the house of a resident of nearby Sultanpur village. The truck driver was speeding by. He lost control on the Mahnar-Hajipur highway. He got stuck. Read is trapped inside the car and we fear that he may die.”
Locals claim that at least four children are among the dead.
Chaos prevailed in the area as those who lost their close relatives stood on the roadside crying and many raised angry slogans complaining that the police arrived too late.
The SP said, “We have summoned personnel from several police stations in the vicinity to speed up the rescue operation and keep the law and order situation under control”.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the accident and directed the district administration to ensure proper treatment of those injured and expeditious payment of compensation to each affected family as per rules.
Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav also expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the accident.
I am deeply saddened by the heartbreaking news of the death of several people in a road accident in Hajipur tonight. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved family and wish the injured a speedy recovery. May Allah grant peace to the departed soul and give strength to his family to bear this bereavement.
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) November 20, 2022
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