4 devotees belonging to Tarn Taran area of Punjab were killed and 31 got injured today when an overloaded truck in which they were travelling overturned in Himachal Pradesh’s Una district, as they were returning from a popular Sikh shrine, police said.
The truck overturned near Dera Baba Vadbhag Singh shrine, some 175 km from Shimla. The pilgrims were returning to Punjab after paying obeisance at the shrine, Superintendent of Police Anupam Sharma told.
He said some of the injured are admitted in the district hospital at Una. The devotees belonged to Tarn Taran district.
The cause of the accident is yet be ascertained but eyewitness said that it went uncontrolled and fell down in 20 feet deep gorge.
According to the police, the truck was converted into a double-decker by fitting wooden planks so that more passengers could be accommodated.
Though it is illegal, double-decker trucks carrying passengers is a common sight in Himachal Pradesh, especially during religious festivals.
In 2010 too, three devotees belonging to Tarn Taran were killed and 47 injured when their truck overturned. At that time also they were returning after paying obeisance at the Dera Baba Vadbhag Singh shrine.