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2 Oct, 2022 21:35

26 religious pilgrims die in road incident

A tractor towing a wagon full of people in northern India has fallen into a lake, drowning most of the passengers
26 religious pilgrims die in road incident

A tractor pulling more than 40 people from a Hindu ceremony in northern India overturned and fell into a pond, leaving 26 people dead. The tragedy occurred on Saturday night in Uttar Pradesh state’s Kanpur district.

Most of the 26 victims were women and children, the majority of which died by drowning, while a further 16 people suffered serious injuries.

“Distressed by the tractor-trolley mishap in Kanpur,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter. “My thoughts are with all those who have lost their near and dear ones. Prayers with the injured.”

Modi said local authorities are providing “all possible assistance” to those who were affected.

While the cause of the incident is under investigation, this is the second incident in the region. Fatehpur is located more than 80 kilometers from central Kanpur, where earlier this week another tractor overturned, killing at least 12 people.

“A tractor-trolley should be used for agricultural work and to transfer goods, not to ferry people,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a statement.

Opposition party leader Akhilesh Yadav blamed the accident on bad road conditions in the state, claiming that citizens are “bearing the brunt of the failures” by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. He alleged that those who were injured had to be taken to the hospital on motorcycles, rather than by ambulances.