At least 22 pilgrims were killed when a bus in which they were travelling fell into a river in Uttarkashi. There were 29 people in the bus. The accident took place near Uttarakhand’s Dharasu when the pilgrims were on their way from Uttarkashi to Gangotri. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those who were killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the accident.
“My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate bus accident in Uttarkashi. May the injured recover soon,” Modi tweeted this morning.
All the victims are reportedly residents of Madhya Pradesh. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that a special bogey will be attached to a train to bring the bodies to Madhya Pradesh. The ITBP personnel, assisting in the rescue operations, have recovered 22 bodies so far.
— ITBP (@ITBP_official) May 23, 2017