At least eight people, including seven children, were killed and four others critically injured when a truck lost control late on Sunday and rammed into a religious procession on the Nayagoan National Highway in Bihar's Vaishali district. The truck overturned after hitting a tree where villagers were gathering for puja.
Vaishali Superintendent of Police Maneesh said the truck driver was speeding and they were scanning the CCTV footage as part of the investigation. Angry residents vandalized some vehicles and the violence continued for hours before additional forces rushed to the area. They demanded compensation for the relatives of those killed. Residents burned tires and shouted slogans against the administration. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded as police tried to pacify the protesters.
A police team rushed to the spot, but the protesters insisted that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar or his deputy Tejashwi Yadav visit the spot. In a tweet, Yadav said he was deeply saddened to learn about the accident. “I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured a speedy recovery. May God give peace to the departed souls and strength to their families to bear this loss.”
Expressing grief, Kumar announced a financial assistance of Rs 4 Lakh each for the kin of those who lost their lives and free treatment for the injured. Vaishali District Magistrate Yashpal Meena and Maneesh rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
President Droupadi Murmu expressed her condolences to the families of those killed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a compensation of 2 Lakh for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured.