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Nine devotees killed on way to Purnagiri Temple

Press Trust of India  |  Pithoragarh 

Nine devotees were killed and 12 injured when a speeding rammed into a group of pilgrims on a trek to the inneighbouring Champawatdistrict early today, an said.

The pilgrims hailing from Bareilly in were on way to the on foot when they were knocked down by the at around 5 AM at Bichai, SDM, Tanakpur, said.

Four of the injured are in a serious condition, he said.

"Those seriously injured have been referred to while the rest of the injured are being treated at Tanakpur Hospital, " the SDM said.

The deceased were identified asVir Singh (18), Sonu (8), Vishal (17,) (16), Deendayal (35), Babu (12), Kesher Singh (16), Ramswaroop (40) andSohan (40), all residentsofBaheri in Bareillydistrict of UP, he said.

Thedevotees were comingto thehilltop temple barefoot fromtheir home as a gesture of gratitudeto the goddess for fulfilling their wishes.

A search has been launched to nab the of the who fled the spot. The dumper is registered in Khatima.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 12:00 IST