5 Pilgrims Electrocuted To Death, Many Injured During Kanwar Yatra In Uttar Pradesh

Kanwar Yatra is the largest religious gathering in India, drawing an estimated 10 to 12 million participants each year.


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Five people were electrocuted to death while equal number of people were injured in an accident during a religious procession in Uttar Pradesh, the reports.

According to the reports, the incidents occurred in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhawanpur's Rali Chauhan village in Meerut district.

The reports said a group of Kanwariyas, devout followers of Lord Shiva, were returning with water from the Holy Ganges River in Haridwar. 

“As their vehicle, playing celebratory music, entered the village, it brushed against a dangerously low-hanging high-tension line,” reported NDTV.

It said the high-voltage current charged the vehicle and into the gathered crowd, knocking down the devotees one after the other before anyone could react. 


“Chaos ensued, with villagers calling the power station to shut down the electricity supply, but for many, it was too late,” it said.

It added: “One of the pilgrims, identified as Manish, was declared dead at the scene. Four others have since died from their injuries, while five more victims are being treated in various hospitals in the region. The condition of two victims is still reported to be critical.”

The reports said later villagers blocked a road in protest against the incident.

“They demanded immediate action against the electricity department officials for their negligence that led to the fatal accident,”the reports said.


"The accident was a result of negligence in the preparation for the Kanwar Yatra," said the report quoted a local resident as having said.

The Kanwar Yatra is the largest religious gathering in India, drawing an estimated 10 to 12 million participants each year from states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand. 

The pilgrims, known as Kanwariyas, dress in saffron attire, often walking barefoot alongside vehicles on highways in a show of devotion.

Earlier, in a similar incident, seven people, including two children, were killed and 16 others injured after a religious 'rath' or chariot came into contact with an overhead high-voltage electric wire in Tripura's Unakoti district last month.