At least 12 dead after truck crashes into religious procession in Bihar

At least 12 dead after truck crashes into religious procession in Bihar

PMO has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the victims.

Hajipur, Bihar:

At least 12 people, including women and children, were killed and several others injured when a speeding truck plowed into a religious procession in Bihar’s Vaishali district, officials said. on Sunday night.

The accident happened in the area of ​​Desri police station in the northern district of Bihar, about 30 kilometers from the state capital, at around 9pm when a group of people gathered in front of a roadside “peepal” tree to pray for a saint. local god. Bhumiya baba”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the accident and announced compensation of Rs 20,000 to the families of each victim and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured.

“The accident in Vaishali, Bihar is very sad. My condolences to the bereaved family. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. An amount of Rs 2 lakh from the PMNRF (Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund) will be provided. be given to the next of kin of each deceased. Those injured will be given Rs 50,000,” the Prime Minister said on Twitter.

RJD MLA Mukesh Roushan, of the Mahua constituency where the incident took place, rushed to the area and said “at least nine people died on the spot. Many others were taken to Sadar hospital in Hajipur ( county headquarters), and three people were injured along the way. Those in critical condition are being transported to hospitals in Patna.”

Vaishali police chief Manish Kumar said “the procession was given as part of the custom related to marriage. A wedding has been planned in the next few days at the home of a resident in the nearby village of Sultanpur. . The driver of the truck that was speeding through the area adjacent to the Mahnar-Hajipur Highway lost control. He was trapped inside the overturned vehicle and we fear he may be dead.”

Locals claimed that the victims included at least four children.

Chaos engulfed the area as bereaved people and loved ones stood crying by the roadside while many others held up angry slogans accusing the police of arriving after repeated delays.

“We have summoned personnel from several adjoining police stations to speed up the rescue work and keep the situation under control of law and order,” SP said.

Meanwhile, Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the accident and directed the district government to ensure proper treatment of the injured and promptly disburse compensation, according to norms, to the family. of each victim.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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