Vrindavan, 2017.10.25 (VT): Twenty-two devotees were injured on Tuesday morning in a traffic accident on the parikrama marg. The accident occurred in front of the Imli Tala temple.
The accident seems to have been caused by a heavily-speeding tempo that was headed from Cheer Ghat in the direction of Vihar Ghat. When the tempo collided with an e-rickshaw in front of the temple, almost two dozen people were injured.Passengers Liladevi and Navraj from Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as the e-rickshaw driver Sachin from Jhansi were in serious condition. The tempo’s passengers were also injured.
The victims were taken to the local hospital, while the condition of one was so severe she was sent to Agra for advanced treatment. The vehicles involved in the incident have been impounded, and the tempo driver is currently in police custody.
Local resident Lal Singh said, “I have seen so many accidents on this parikrama marg over the past few years. Just last month one old Babaji got hit by a motorbike in front of Madan Mohan temple and got badly injured. There was blood everywhere. Another time an auto rickshaw hit a four-year-old child who was running across the street without looking. I saw it happen with my own eyes. Fortunately the kid survived, but others are not so lucky.
“I don’t understand why everyone is in such a hurry. It’s a small town – if you drive at a safe pace, it may take an extra five minutes to reach your destination. Hopefully the police will start to punish speeders. You shouldn’t have to risk your life to perform parikrama.”
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