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Five Haryana tourists killed after SUV falls into gorge in Kangra

Five people were killed when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) in which they were travelling fell into a deep gorge at Dhaman in remote Chhota Bhangal region of Kangra district.

The incident occurred around 9pm on Friday, about 110 kilometers from district headquarters Dharmashala.

The deceased have been identified as Subhash Chand a resident of Trifalghat village of Sarkaghat Tehsil in Mandi district, Ajay Kashayp from Mandi town, Ashok Singh from Sujanpur Tira and Amit Sharma of Balokhar in Hamirpur district.

One of the victim, Rohit Chibbal, hailed from Shyamnagar, Tehsil Haapur of District Gaziabaad in Utter Pradesh.

The four youth from Himachal Pradesh worked as medical representatives of Mandi and Hamirpur districts and were on an excursion trip to Barot Valley of Mandi district with their Gaziabaad friend.

Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjeev Gandhi told that prima facie the driver of the vehicle (HR 29AK 8001) lost control over the wheel on a sharp curve.

A rescue team from Multhan police post was rushed to the spot soon after the information of accident was received but bodies of the victims could not be retrieved due to tough terrains.

The rescue operation resumed in the morning and bodies were retrieved with the help of locals.

Case under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) has been registered into the incident.

Chhota Bhangal is very remote part of Kangra district. Roads in the region are congested and sans crash barrier. Steep gorges make driving on these roads even more dangerous.

Source: HindustanTimes