Three IIT students among seven killed as vehicle falls into gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu

Ten others were injured in the accident

September 26, 2022 10:16 am | Updated 12:24 pm IST - Shimla

Mangled remains of a vehicle that met with an accident at Banjar on the Aut-Luhri highway, in Kullu district, on September 25, 2022.

Mangled remains of a vehicle that met with an accident at Banjar on the Aut-Luhri highway, in Kullu district, on September 25, 2022. | Photo Credit: PTI

Seven tourists, including three IIT Varanasi students, were killed and 10 sustained injuries as a tempo traveller fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district on September 25 evening, officials said.

The accident took place at 8.30 pm on Sunday near Ghiyaghi in Banjar subdivision, they said.

Five tourists died on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries at the hospital. Three students of the Indian Institute of Technology Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh are among the deceased, they added.

Six of the deceased have been identified as Saurabh, Priyanka Gupta, Kiran, a resident of Delhi, Rishab Raj, and Anshika Jain and Aditya from Uttar Pradesh, Kullu superintendent of police Gurdev Sharma said.

The injured included Rahul Goswami, Kshitija Agarwal, Priyapal, Ishan Gupta from Haryana, driver Ajay Chauhan, Abhinav Singh, Nishtha Badoni from Uttar Pradesh, Rushav from New Delhi, Lakshaya from Rajasthan and Jai Aggarwal from Madhya Pradesh, the DP said.

BJP MLA from Banjar Surender Shourie streamed a video on Facebook at 12.45 a.m. on Monday, informing people about the accident that occurred in his Assembly segment.

The injured were first taken to Banjar hospital from where they have been referred to Kullu regional hospital for treatment after being given first aid, the MLA said.

The Banjar MLA thanked the district administration and the locals for carrying out rescue operation despite darkness.

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