Hindu pilgrims die in northern India bus crash
At least 16 Hindu pilgrims were killed and many more injured yesterday in a bus crash in Jammu and Kashmir, in northern India, days after gunmen opened fire on worshippers making the same holy visit, killing eight.
Police said a further 27 people had suffered injuries in the bus crash.
The vehicle plunged into a gorge in the northern state where hundreds of Hindus make the annual pilgrimage to a Himalayan cave revered as the abode of the god Shiva. Some of the worst injured were being airlifted to hospital, while others were taken to local clinics for treatment, police said.
Another Hindu pilgrim died yesterday from injuries sustained six days ago when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus full of worshippers.
“One lady who was injured in the 10 July attack succumbed to her injuries in hospital,” said Shesh Paul Vaid, the director general of police for Jammu and Kashmir.
Her death takes the toll from the late night attack to eight, seven women and one man. It was the worst such attack in the divided Himalayan region since 2000 when gunmen fired on a group of Hindu pilgrims, killing 32 people, including two police officers.
Tens of thousands of Hindus from all over India travel to Kashmir every year to visit an ice formation in the Amarnath caves that is worshipped as a symbol of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.