At least 22 dead as tractor carrying pilgrims falls into pond in Kanpur; PM Modi Condolences Deaths

Kanpur: At least 22 people were killed and several others injured when a tractor trolley carrying pilgrims overturned into a pond in the Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday (October 1). The tractor trolley was reportedly carrying some 50 pilgrims returning from a ceremony from Chandrika Devi Temple in Fatehpur when it overturned in a pond along the road between Sarh and Gambhirpur village. Ten bodies have been recovered so far and the rescue operation is underway.

President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath expressed their grief over the tragic incident.

Murmu expressed his condolences on the incident, tweeting in Hindi: “Deeply haunted by the news of the death of many people in a road accident in Kanpur. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this accident. I wish the injured people a speedy recovery.”

In a message of condolence on Twitter, Prime Minister Modi said: “Disturbed by the tractor trolley accident in Kanpur. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones. Prayers for the injured. The local government is making every effort to help to those affected.”

PM Modi has announced that an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be paid to the next of kin of each of the deceased. The injured would be Rs. 50,000.

CM Yogi Adityanath also expressed his grief and sent senior ministers Rakesh Sachan and Ajit Pal to the accident site to oversee the relief and rescue measures.

The injured were rushed to a community health center (CHC) in Bhitergaon in police-arranged ambulances, the official said, adding that more than a dozen people were pronounced dead at the facility.

(With input from the agency)

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