8 Sabarimala pilgrims killed in Tamil Nadu mishap


At least eight people who were returning from Sabarimala died after the vehicle they were traveling in plunged into a gorge, a senior district official said on Saturday.

Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, MP Stalin and MP Pinarayi Vijayan respectively condoled the deaths.

The TN Chief Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the victims.

The accident took place late on Friday, District Collector KV Muralidharan said.

Two injured have been admitted to a hospital here.

The accident in Kumuli happened after the driver lost control of the vehicle while maneuvering on a bend in the mountain road.
While seven people died on the spot, one was injured on the way to the hospital, added the officer.

The dead were residents of Andipati in the neighborhood. They were returning from Sabarimala.

Stalin expressed grief over the dead. He also announced Rs 50,000 to the two injured.

Soon after learning of the accident, I Periyasamy appointed Theni as the district minister, the chief minister said in a statement.

Calling the incident “sad”, Vijayan conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased, a Kerala CMO statement said.

He also praised the rescue mission carried out by officials and locals at the accident site on Friday night, he added.

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