New Delhi: One person was killed and around 20 injured when a car rammed into a group of devotees who were going to immerse the idol of Goddess Durga in Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district.
The one person who died has been identified as Gaurav Aggarwal, 21, a resident of Pathalgaon in Jashpur. The injured have been admitted to the Pathalgaon Civil Hospital for treatment.
Block Medical Officer James Minj was quoted by news agency ANI as saying that two of the injured were being referred to other hospitals with fractures.
The car – a maroon Mahindra Xylo – had a Madhya Pradesh number plate and sped away after the horrific accident, driving towards nearby Sukhrapara.
However, furious locals raced after the vehicle and found it abandoned by the side of the road. It had been driven into the ditch and it was found with the driver-side door open, and windows broken.
According to the office of the district’s Superintendent of Police, two accused have been arrested and charged. The first is 21-year-old Bablu Vishwakarma and the second is 26-year-old Shishupal Sahu. Both are residents of Madhya Pradesh’s Singrauli district, and were passing through Chhattisgarh.
Earlier this month a convoy of vehicles, including one owned by Union Minister Ajay Mishra and allegedly driven by his son, Ashish, mowed down five people in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.
Four were farmers; the fifth was a journalist.
The convoy ran over a group of people who were holding a peaceful protest against the minister’s visit. Three others, including two BJP workers, died in the violence that followed.
Ashish Mishra was arrested last week – after spending nearly seven days as a free man despite being named in the FIR (first information report). He has been denied bail by a local court. He has claimed he was in his paternal village, two km away, when the murders took place.