DHARAMSHALA: Four pilgrims from Punjab, including a woman and two boys, died while several others were injured after a truck (PB 83 B 9125) loaded with passengers skidded off the road and fell into a 30-ft-deep gorge in Mairi area of Amb subdivision of Una district on Friday.
The truck was on it way from Tarn Tarn district of Punjab to Mairi area. It was carrying devotees for a holy fair at Baba Badhbagh Singh temple.
The deceased have been identified as Channo (13), Kulvinder Singh (22), Harjinder Kaur (30) and Akash Kumar (12). DSP Madan Lal said some of the injured were admitted to the district hospital at Una.
According to the police, the truck was converted into a double-decker by fitting wooden planks so that more passengers could be accommodated. Though it is illegal, double-decker trucks carrying passengers is a common sight in Himachal Pradesh, especially during religious festivals.
In 2010 too, three devotees belonging to Tarn Taran were killed and 47 injured when their truck overturned. At that time also they were returning after paying obeisance at the Dera Baba Vadbhag Singh shrine.