Tractor-trolley Mishap in UP’s Kasganj Claims 15 Lives, Including Eight Children

4 months ago

Imagine the serene beauty of a pilgrimage, where devotees embark on a journey filled with hope and spiritual longing. Now, picture the abrupt end to such a journey, where joy turns into despair, and sanctity is replaced with mourning. This is the story of a small village in Kasganj district, Uttar Pradesh, where a simple act of faith ended in a devastating tragedy, claiming the lives of 15 villagers, predominantly women and children.

On a day that promised to be auspicious, a tractor-trolley teeming with villagers excited for their holy bath in the Ganges, veered off course. The driver’s attempt to avoid a collision with an oncoming car resulted in the vehicle overturning into a pond, tragically ending 15 lives. Among the deceased were eight innocent children and seven women, each with their own stories, dreams, and families. The pond, filled with mud-laden water, became the site of an unspeakable tragedy.

The news of the accident quickly spread, drawing attention from across the nation and prompting an immediate response from local authorities. IG of Aligarh range, Shalabh Mathur, confirmed the grim toll, highlighting the unfortunate circumstances that led to this calamity.

In the wake of the accident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved families. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, he directed officials in Kasganj district to ensure that those injured received prompt and adequate treatment. Furthermore, he ordered a swift response in terms of rescue operations, urging officials to mobilize resources for immediate assistance at the site, under the jurisdiction of the Patiali police station.

As search and rescue efforts continue, the community and the nation watch, hoping for survivors and praying for the departed souls. The chief minister’s proactive approach aims to mitigate further suffering and provide solace to those affected by this heart-wrenching incident.

In the face of such tragedy, questions arise about safety measures and the precautions needed to prevent similar incidents in the future. This accident serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of vigilance on the road, especially during significant cultural and religious events that see a surge in pilgrim traffic.

As the village mourns, the broader community stands in solidarity, reflecting on the lessons learned and the measures that must be enacted to safeguard innocent lives. The road to recovery will be long and fraught with sorrow, but it is a journey that the villagers of Kasganj district must embark on, together.…Read more by Nitish Verma


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