Lucknow, Jan 26: Republic Day celebrations in Uttar Pradesh turned grim today as four school students were killed and five others greviously injured after the bus in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck at Munshiganj in Rae Bareli district.
The students of K N Public School were on their way to participate in the school's Republic Day function this morning when the accident took place at Katehri Raghunathpura at Munshiganj.
The mini-bus was carrying 24 students, of which four died on the spot and five sustained serious injuries in the accident.
While three of the injured were taken to the government hospital, two others were referred to King George Medical University hospital here for better treatment.
AICC general secretary and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, who began his three-day tour of the constituency rushed to nearby Rae Bareli to meet the injured. He also met the parents of those killed in the mishap to extend condolences on behalf of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, who represents Rae Bareli in Lok Sabha.