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7 pilgrims killed after being run over by truck in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur

By Press Trust of India: Seven pilgrims on their way to celebrate Baisakhi at Khuralgarh Sahib in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district were killed, while ten were injured after being run over by a truck near here early Thursday, police said.

Garhshankar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Daljit Singh Khakh said the deceased were mostly residents of Mastan Khera in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

The area where the accident took place is a sub-mountainous region, police said, adding the driver lost control while negotiating a slope and hit the 17 pilgrims who were on foot.

It was suspected that the brakes of the truck had failed, police said.

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The DSP said the deceased were identified as Rahul, Sudesh Pal, Santosh, Angoori, Kunti, Geeta and Ramoh.

Five of the critically injured persons were referred to PGIMER Chandigarh, while the rest were admitted to Civil Hospital, Garhshankar.

Pilgrims have been flocking to Khuralgarh Sahib, a place associated with Guru Ravidas, in view of the Baisakhi festival.



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