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23 die as tractor-trolly plunges into pond in UP’s Kasganj

Feb 25, 2024 05:50 AM IST

According to the police, the vehicle was carrying at least 30 people — most of them from the state’s Etah district— who were heading to take a dip in the Ganga to mark Magh Poornima

Twenty-three people, including eight children, were killed on Saturday after a tractor-trolley overturned and fell in a pond in Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh, police officers familiar with the matter said.

Rescue operation underway at the pond where at least 23 people, including eight children, died when their tractor-trolley overturned and fell in Kasganj of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. (PTI)
Rescue operation underway at the pond where at least 23 people, including eight children, died when their tractor-trolley overturned and fell in Kasganj of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. (PTI)

According to the police, the vehicle was carrying at least 30 people — most of them from the state’s Etah district— who were heading to take a dip in the Ganga to mark Magh Poornima.

“The exact reason for the mishap is yet to be established and the total number of those travelling in the trolley is also yet to be ascertained, but prima facie it is believed that there were more than 30 villagers in the trolley. Divers were deployed to trace those who fell in the pond and were missing,” inspector general (IG), Aligarh range Shalabh Mathur said.

He added that at least four people were rescued and were admitted to the Kasganj District Hospital.

According to the officials, the pond in which the vehicle fell is roughly 8-feet deep but sand deposition hampered rescue efforts.

Praveen Kumar, who owns a brick kiln located around a kilometre from the accident site, said police asked him to reach the spot with a JCB machine to help dig out the sand and assist in the rescue efforts.

“We helped fish out 13 bodies. We sent the injured to the hospital on whatever vehicles were plying on the road at that time,” he said.

Political leaders cutting across party lines expressed grief over the accident.

“The accident that took place when a tractor trolley fell into a pond in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh is saddening. My condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. Along with this, I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured. Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration is engaged in providing all possible help to the victims,” the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted him as saying in post on X.

In a separate post, the PMO said: “An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased in the mishap in Kasganj. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000.” Chief minister Yogi Adityanath also expressed grief over the incident and announced a compensation of 2 lakh each for the family of those who have died, and 50,000 each for the injured.

“The loss of lives in a road accident in Kasganj district is extremely heart-wrenching. My condolences are with the bereaved families. District administration officials have been instructed to provide proper free treatment to all the injured,” he posted on X.

Expressing condolences, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said: “This is a very sad and heartbreaking incident. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for the recovery of the injured.”

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav urged the government to ensure that appropriate compensation is paid to the families of the victims.

In a post on X in Hindi, Yadav said: The news of a large number of casualties in Kasganj when a tractor-trolley loaded with devotees returning after taking a bath in the Ganga overturned in a pond is extremely sad. Save people’s lives by speeding up relief work. Wish for the speedy recovery of the injured.”He added that the government should give appropriate compensation to the families of the deceased.

Echoing similar views Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said Mayawati said: “My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. The government must provide all possible help to the affected families as soon as possible.”

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