20 dead as truck overturns in north India

March 31, 2009 08:55


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Police say a truck crowded with pilgrims has overturned in north India, leaving 20 dead and at least 60 injured. An official at the local police control room says the accident took place late Monday night when the driver lost control of the truck near Jhajjar - a village about 100 kilometers north of Chandigarh, the capital of India's Punjab state. Officials at the police control room don't identify themselves as a matter of department policy. The pilgrims, both Hindus and Sikhs, were on their way to a remote temple in the foothills of the Himalayas to celebrate Navratras, a nine-day festival that honors the Hindu goddess Shakti, or divine mother.

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