At least 25 people were killed and several others were injured after a bus fell into a deep drain in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, PTI quoted officials as saying. Rescue operations are underway.
The private bus (bearing registration number HP 66-7065), with around 50 people on board, was on its way from Banjar to Gada Gushani area when the incident took place.
Kullu Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the bus fell into the over 300-metre-deep nullah near the Dhoth Morh in Banjar tehsil of the district.
Expressing immense grief over the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Deeply saddened by the bus accident in Kullu. Condolences to families of those who lost their lives. I hope the injured recover soon. The Himachal Pradesh government is providing all possible assistance that is required.”
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Saddened by the news of the bus accident in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims and also hope for the speedy recovery of those injured. I request Congress workers of the district to help those in need.”