Mandi: Seven migrant labourers from Bihar were killed and one was injured when an ill-fated pickup vehicle fell from the Gharat bridge on Mandi-Ner Chowk highway into a rivulet.
Mandi Police said six people died on the spot, while two injured were taken to a zonal hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries. She added that the driver of the vehicle was injured and was undergoing treatment in Mandi hospital. Labourers had come on a bus from Ludhiana.
The police have registered a case under IPC sections 279 (rash driving), 338 (causing grievous hurt to any person) and 304 A (causing death by negligence).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the loss of lives in a road accident in Himachal Pradesh and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has also expressed grief over the unfortunate death of seven workers. He said that the officers of district administration rushed to the accident site and immediately started the relief and rescue operation. He said that at this moment of distress the government was with the affected families and would provide them all possible help.
BJP National president and Rajya Sabha MP JP Nadda has also expressed grief and prayed almighty to give strength to the family members.
Himachal Congress president Kuldeep Singh Rathore also expressed his grief over the loss of lives.
Senior Congress leader and Himachal Congress in-charge Rajeev Shukla has expressed grief and demanded government to give compensation to the labourers family.