At least 31 people were killed and more than 30 injured in two separate accidents in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur last night, officials have said.
The first accident occurred when a tractor trolley, carrying around 50 pilgrims, overturned and fell into a pond near Ghatampur area. At least 26 pilgrims, most of them women and children, died in the mishap, while more than 20 were severely injured, officials said.
The tractor was returning from Chandrika Devi temple in Unnao when the tragedy struck.
The injured were moved to a local hospital, police said, adding that the station in-charge of Sarh police station has been suspended for negligence. According to news agency ANI, the action was taken against the official over delay in rushing the police force to the accident spot.
In the second road accident in the city last night, five people were killed and 10 others injured after a speeding truck rammed into a loader tempo near Ahirwan flyover. The injured have been admitted to hospital for treatment, police said.
Joint Commissioner of Police Anand Prakash Tiwari said an investigation has been launched into the matter and efforts are being made to trace the truck.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the death of 26 pilgrims and announced a compensation of ₹ 2 lakh each for the families who have lost a member in the accident. The injured will be given a financial assistance of ₹ 50,000 each, he said