A total of five people were electrocuted on Saturday while returning from a religious procession in western Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, officials said.
A group of devout followers of Lord Shiva called Kanwariyas were returning from Haridwar with water from the holy Ganga. The incident occurred when their vehicle brushed a low-hanging high-tension electric wire after entering Rali Chauhan village in Bhawanpur.
Four of them died on the spot and another on the way to the hospital. The injured are being treated at the hospital.
Angered by the tragedy, other Kanwarias and villagers jammed the Meerut-Parikshatgarh road and accused officials of neglecting to fix low-hanging high-tension wires.
On receiving the information, the police and senior officials of the administration went to the spot. Police said the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.