Govt orders probe into twin road accident



Shimla (Mar 3): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today assured that the state government would probe into the twin accidents that took place in Chamba district when vehicles skidded off the road and fell into gorges in the last 24 hours.
In a ‘suo motu’ statement in the House soon after the Question Hour, transport minister Mohinder Singh Thakur said that a truck returning with 40 members of a marriage party fell down at Kakirya area near Shairpur, 50 km from district headquarter Chamba last night. In another accident, a pickup vehicle carrying nine people fell into a gorge near Thalla area of Bharmour, 65 km from Chamba. Thakur said that a magisterial probe would be carried by an SDM as there were reports that accidents had occurred due to human negligence. Speaker Tulsi Ram also condoled the mishap and demanded that kin of victims should be given compensation of Rs 1 lakh and immediate free health care.

Earlier, Kuldeep Singh Pathania (Bhatiyat-Cong) accused the government that it failed to avoid similar mishaps as in the past people were being found using overloaded open trucks as passenger vehicle. He said that it is due to negligence of the authorities that use of unauthorized vehicles to carry people for pilgrimage and marriages has continued.

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