At Least 12 Dead After Truck Hits Religious Procession In Bihar

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The PMO announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the victims.

Hajipur, Bihar:

At least 12 people, including women and children, were killed on Sunday night when a speeding truck hit a religious procession in Bihar, officials said.

The incident took place around 9 pm in Vaishali district, about 30 kms from the state capital, and local RJD MLA Mukesh Roushan, who had rushed to the spot, said “12 people died. Nine of them were killed on the spot. Three others succumbed to injuries while being rushed to a hospital.”

Vaishali Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar said, “At least four of the victims are children. The truck driver, whom we are trying to pull out of the mangled vehicle, may also have died”. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the victims, and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

“The accident in Vaishali, Bihar is saddening. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000: PM @narendramodi,” the PMO office tweeted.

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