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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM (IST)

Minister’s kin, three others die in accident

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 11

Four persons, including Nitya Nand Bhardwaj (62), brother of Himachal Education Minister Suresh Bharadwaj, were killed on the spot while 10 others were injured when the Tempo Traveller in which they were travelling rolled into a deep gorge near Chhaila on Theog-Hatkoti National Highway, 47 km from here, late last night.

The occupants of the ill-fated vehicle were going to Kotkhai to attend a marriage when the tragedy struck. The other two deceased were identified as Kewal Sharma (60) and Anil Sharma (55). Manmohan (51), who was under treatment at the IGMC Shimla, today succumbed to injuries. He was posted as head constable at the CID office at Kasumpti.

The injured persons were rushed to Civil Hospital at Theog. They were later shifted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Hospital here. The condition of three of them was stated to be serious. The accident reportedly took place as the driver lost control over the vehicle. The SHO immediately reached the spot and supervised the rescue operations.

Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Theog MD Sharma said there were 14 persons in the vehicle. The bodies of the deceased have been recovered. Immediate relief of Rs 10,000 has been given to injured persons, he added.

The injured persons were identified as Inder Sharma (52), Kalyan Singh (58), Pratap Singh (57), Joginder Singh (64), Surender Garg (49), Ranjeev Kuthiyala (53), Sukhdev (53), Sudheer Thakur (54), Madan Kalanta (61) and Sudhanshu (28). Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has conveyed deep condolences.


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