Udaipur : Villagers mourned over the bodies of seven of the nine people killed in the Pratapgarh tragedy on Monday night. These seven persons hailed from this village while two others were from other areas.The mass funeral was held in the afternoon at Ramdeoji village, some 7 kilometers away from Chhoti Sadri. A pall of gloom descended the village when the seven bodies were consigned to flames at the village ground. Most of the shops in the area remained closed and fire was not lit in any of the kitchens in the area as a mark of grief and shock. In his tweet Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “The incident is extremely tragic. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest”.
An overspeeding truck had rammed into a bindoli procession of a 20-year-old bride Rekha from the Gadoliya Luhar community near Ramdeoji village at Ambavli on the NH 113 under Chhoti Sadri block of Pratapgarh district on monday night. The truck driver fled from the spot immediately after the accident, 5 who were badly crushed died on the spot while four people died on the way to hospital. Among the 19 injured, 15 are being treated at Udaipur civil hospital while the remaining are admitted at Chhoti Sadri hospital, sources claimed. Divisional commissioner Bhawani Singh Detha visited the MB hospital and met the victims in the morning.
Earlier morning, infuriated villagers in Chhoti Sadri blocked the highway and refused to claim the bodies. They demanded ex-gratia and protested for some four hours. Later ADM Hemendra Nagar and other officers arrived at the spot and held mediation talks. The stir ended only after an ex-gratia of 1.75 lakh rupees for each deceased’s family and 25 thousand rupees each for injured persons was announced by the authorities. The deceased- The nine people killed in the tragedy were identified as DaulatRam (60) resident of Chomela, Jhalawad, Eeshwar (19) so Ramkishore Mochi ro Ravanmagri in Chhoti Sadri, while Bharat (30), Shubham (5), Chhotu (5), Arjun Nayak (15), Ramesh (30), Karan (28) and Dileep (11) were residents of Ramdeoji village.
Families wept inconsolably
28-year old Raju lost her five year old son and husband Ramesh in the accident. The woman wailed inconsolably as the two bodies were consigned to flames. The bride Rekha (20) who sustained serious injuries is in a state of deep shock. ” It is our custom to take out bindoli procession of bride to a temple to seek blessings before the marriage. We were walking on one side of the road and were careful that no one happen to come in the middle. Everybody was laughing, singing and dancing but little did we knew destiny had something else in store for us” Ratanlal , the bride’s father cried. The marriage ceremony was scheduled for late night and the groom’s baraat had reached Akola when they were informed of the tragedy. They returned home from Akola itself. Back at Ratanlal’s dera in Ramdeoji village, women were busy with preparations for the feast and rituals to be performed with the arrival of the baraat. As they came to know of the accident, the celebrations came to a grinding halt and the atmosphere grew tensed and sorrowful.