In a dreaded accident, at least 35 people were feared killed when a state-run bus skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Malli-Makol in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on last evening.

The Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus, carrying nearly 40 people, was on its way from Palampur to Ashapuri Temple when it fell down from a hilltop on Palampur-Ashapuri road.

Governor Urmila Singh, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Congress State President Virbhadra Singh have expressed grief over the. They have conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families of the accident victims and have wished speedy recovery of the injured.

Chief Minister directed the District Administration to provide all possible assistance to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the accident and best treatment to the injured. He also directed the district administration to provide relief according to Relief Manual.