26 pilgrims killed as tractor trolley falls into pond
News Desk || risingbd.com
A tractor trolley overturned and fell into a pond in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district on Saturday, leaving at least 26 pilgrims, most of them women and children and more than 20 severely injured.
The tractor, with 50 people on board, was returning from Chandrika Devi temple in Unnao when the tragedy struck near Ghatampur area in Kanpur.
The injured were moved to a local hospital and the police and locals were involved in rescue operations. In horrific scenes, people with bare hands were seen retrieving bodies from the pond.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too mourned the loss of lives and sent senior ministers Rakesh Sachan and Ajit Pal to the site to oversee the relief-and-rescue measures.
Soon after the incident, he also appealed to people to not use a tractor-trolley for transport. A tractor-trolley should be used for agricultural work and to transfer goods, he stressed. He is personally monitoring the rescue operation, a government spokesperson said in Lucknow._NDTV