8 Bengal tourists die in Kullu mishap



Kullu: Eight tourists were killed and five left with serious injuries when a Tempo Traveler (PB-01-6563) carrying them to Kullu fell about 1,000 feet into a gorge near the Achhru Nullah on the Aut-Luhari road in the Banjar sub-division of the district, about 65 kms from the district headquarters.

According to the information available, all the tourists were from Kolkata and had come to visit Kullu district after visiting Rampur and Shimla. Seven of them were killed on the spot while another died on way to the Banjar hospital.

The victims are Archana Pal (40), Ankur (51), T. Bassi (10), Bhanu Pal (16), Shekhar Chakroborty (50), Ganpati Majumdar (60), Amrita Chakroboroty ( 45) and Rajesh (55), who was the native of the Pathankot city of Gurdaspur district of Punjab and was driving the Tempo.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Prabha Rao and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal expressed grief over the accident, whishing the injured a speedy recovery.

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  1. Instead of wishing grief over the accident, the CM should travel himself on this road. The road is in shambles from Khanag onwards till Jibhi. Khanag lies on to the Satluj side of the Jallori Jot. Starting from Khanag to Jallori jot – Shoja and Jibhi, one wonders why do we ever vote in any of the elections?? Body bags on Himachal roads are increasing every year while the mai-baaps as usual are grieving and making merry in their choppers!!!!

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