6 Dead After 'Kanwar' Devotees Hit By Truck In UP's Hathras

'Kanwar Yatra' is an annual pilgrimage undertaken by Lord Shiva's devotees in which devotees known as 'Kanwariyas' visit places like Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch the holy water of the Ganges and then worship the God with the same water.

Kanwar devotees were hit by a truck around 2:15 am this morning in UP's Hathras, police said.

Hathras, Uttar Pradesh:

Six persons, part of a group of Kanwar Yatra pilgrims on their way to Bhopal from Haridwar, were crushed to death by a speeding truck in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district in the early hours of the morning, police said.

The incident took place at 2:15 am today, and while five persons died on the spot, one person succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

"Seven Kanwar devotees were moved down by a truck around 2:15 am today, at Sadabad Police Station in Hathras. They were en route to Gwalior from Haridwar with their Kanwars," said Additional Director General of Police (Agra Zone), Rajeev Krishna.

The senior police officer said that a probe is underway and that they have received information about the driver who managed to run away from the spot. "He will be caught soon," the police official said.

'Kanwar Yatra' is an annual pilgrimage undertaken by Lord Shiva's devotees in which devotees known as 'Kanwariyas' visit places like Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch the holy water of the Ganges and then worship the God with the same water.

The Kanwar Yatra has resumed this year after a gap of two years due to COVID-19 restrictions. Administrations of several areas have adopting necessary measures to avoid any untoward incidents during the holy pilgrimage.
 

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