At least 12 people, including women and children, were killed when an out-of-control truck plowed into a religious procession in Bihar, India. Several others were injured in the accident at Mehnar village in Vaishali district, about 30 km from Patna around 9 pm on Sunday.

According to the Indian press, the local residents were worshiping a local deity named ‘Bhumia Baba’ in the Desri Thana area. Many devotees gather there. An out-of-control truck rammed into the procession causing casualties.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief and sorrow over the incident. Prime Minister Modi announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. On the other hand, the Chief Minister of Bihar ordered to pay Rs 5 lakh to the families of the victims.

(21 November/DM)