Rampur, May 3 (UNI) At least 20 people, including a son of Uttaranchal Pradesh Congress Committee president Harish Rawat, were killed and 26 others injured when a Uttaranchal roadways bus carrying them fell into the Kosi river in the district early today.
The bus was on its way to Haldwani from Delhi when it collided with a three-wheeler on the bridge and fell into the river. Twenty people, including five women and Mr Harish Rawat's son Ranjit Rawat, died on the spot, Satish Chandra Yadav, the Inspector General of Police (IG) of Bareilly Zone told UNI over phone.
The bodies had been recovered from the river and sent for post-mortems in the district hospital while the injured were admitted to hospitals in Rampur and Moradabad, about 27 km from the spot.
Meanwhile, Mr Harish Rawat had reached the spot after hearing the news and Uttaranchal Chief Minister N D Tiwari was also likley to reach Rampur after canceling all his officials assignments, Uttaranchal Congress sources said.
A sadbhawna rally, being organised by the Congress in Uttaranchal, was cancelled as the news of the accident reached. The body of Ranjit Rawat is being sent to Almora while others deatils are awaited.
Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeswar and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav have expressed shock over the incident and conveyed their condolences to the family members of the deceased.
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