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Uttar Pradesh: 5 Kanwariyas electrocuted to death, several injured in Meerut

The high-voltage current charged the vehicle and into the crowd, knocking down the devotees. Locals rushed to the spot and called the power station to shut down the electricity supply.

Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Meerut Updated on: July 16, 2023 10:38 IST
Kanwariyas electrocuted to death, several injured in Meerut
Image Source : PTI Kanwariyas electrocuted to death, several injured in Meerut

At least 5 kanwariyas were killed when a vehicle carrying them came in contact with a high tenson wire on Saturday in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district. The incident took place in Bhawanpur's Rali Chauhan village in Meerut, where Kanwariyas were returning with water from the Holy Ganges river in Haridwar. 

The high-voltage current charged the vehicle and into the crowd, knocking down the devotees. Locals rushed to the spot and called the power station to shut down the electricity supply. 

"Ten kanwariyas were admitted to the hospital. Of them, five died during treatment. Investigations are under way,” Meerut DM Deepak Meena said.

The Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Shiva. Millions of pilgrims fetch water from Ganga river and carry it on their shoulders for hundreds of kilometres to offer it in their local Shiva shrines, or specific temples. The pilgrims, known as kanwariyas, dress in saffron attire, often walking barefoot in a show of devotion.

(With inputs from agencies) 

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