Eight Punjab devotees killed in Himachal Pradesh road accident

Eight devotees from Punjab were killed in Himachal Pradesh road accident when a private vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway in Bilaspur district on the early hours of Friday.

The devotees belong to Kale Ghanpur village near Amritsar town and they were returning home after paying obeisance at a famous Sikh shrine at Manikaran in Kullu district when the accident took place near Swarghat.

One of them suffered grievous injuries and was rushed to a government hospital in Nalagarh. All the deceased belong to close –knit families.

According to an eyewitness, the Innova vehicle was overcrowded and the driver must have lost control of it while trying to take a turn. Local people came to rescue after the accident occurred and faced difficulties to bring the victims out of the vehicle.

The Manikaran shrine in located in the Parvati Valley along the banks of Parvati river and is 50 km from the Kullu district headquarters and is 250 km from Shimla, the state capital. Manikaran shrine is one of the busiest Sikh shrines in north India and is frequently visited by the devotees especially during festivals like Holi.

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