At least 23 pilgrims from Indore district of Madhya Pradesh died after a bus carrying them fell into the Bhagirathi River in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand on Tuesday evening. The pilgrims had gone to Dehradun by train but took the bus on their way to Kedarnath. The accident happened around 7 pm near Nalupani, around 11 km from Dharasu.
Indore collector P Narahari said seven other persons were also wounded in the accident. The victims were from Betma, Hatod and other villages of Indore district. MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of deceased. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat also declared an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 to the wounded.
Rescue operations were executed with the assistance of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), State Disaster Response Force and police. They faced complications due to the dark.
Soon after the incident, the injured were admitted to district hospitals in Uttarkashi and Chinyalisaur. Uttarkashi district magistrate Ashish Shrivastava said there were 29 pilgrims, mostly from Indore, in the bus when the accident happened.