Returning from Manikaran Sahib, 8 Sikh devotees killed in accident

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 Shimla: In a terrible accident eight Sikh devotees from Punjab were killed when a private vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh on early Friday, the police said.

As per reports published in The tribune The devotees were returning home after paying obeisance at a famous Sikh shrine at Manikaran in Kullu district when the accident occurred near Swarghat, about 120 km from the state capital. They were belonging to Kale Ghanpur village near Amritsar city.

One person got grievous injuries and was admitted to a government hospital in Nalagarh.“Most of the dead belonged to close-knit families,” a police official said.

Eyewitnesses said the Innova vehicle was overcrowded and the driver probably lost control while negotiating a turn. Rescuers, mostly locals, had a tough time in extracting the victims from the vehicle, said an eyewitness.

The Manikaran Gurdwara Sahib, located in the Parvati Valley along the banks of the Parvati river, is some 50 km from the Kullu district headquarters and 250 km from state capital Shimla.

It’s one of the busiest Gurdwara in north India and frequented by the devotees, especially during festivals like Holi.

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