In the Unakoti district of Tripura, a chariot fire during a Rath Yatra procession results in 7 fatalities and 18 injuries.
UNAKOTI: A chariot caught fire during a Rath Yatra procession at Kumarghat in Tripura's Unokoti district on Wednesday night, leaving seven people—including two minors—dead and 18 others hurt.
Six of the injured are reportedly in critical condition. The Agartala Government Medical College has been advised about these.
The incident happened at roughly 4.30 p.m. in the Kumarghat neighbourhood during Lord Jagannath's "Ulta Rath Yatra" festival.
One week after the Rath Yatra, the celebration commemorates the sibling deities Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Jagannath returning to their holy abode.
People were joyfully tugging the "Rath," which was made of iron, during the celebrations. According to authorities, the "Rath" unintentionally came into contact with a 133kv overhead cable during the procession.
Manik Saha, the chief minister, expressed his condolences for the fatalities.
"In a sad incident at Kumarghat, a number of pilgrims electrocuted while pulling the "Ulta Rath," resulting in fatalities and injuries for many more. This incident has caused me much sadness. My sincere condolences go out to the grieving family. I also wish those who were hurt a quick recovery. In this trying moment, the state government is by their side "said he.
The PM declares ex-gratia
"It is tragic that there was a mishap in Kumarghat during the Ulta Rath Yatra. We offer our condolences to those who lost loved ones in this accident. May those who were hurt quickly heal. The local government is doing everything it can to help people affected, "read the PMO's tweet.
The PMO tweets again, this time announcing that "Rs. 2 lakh ex-gratia from PMNRF would be granted to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs. 50,000 would be given to those injured in the tragedy in Tripura."