Thirteen persons were killed and 29 were injured after a bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge on the old Mumbai-Pune highway in Raigad’s Khopoli area in Maharashtra, ANI reported.
According to the police, the incident took place around 4.50 am on Saturday, according to PTI. The bus was carrying members of a traditional music troupe – Baji Prabhu Vaadak Group – from Mumbai’s Goregaon.
Raigad Superintendent of Police Somnath Gharge said that those who were killed and injured were residents of Sion and Goregaon in Mumbai and Virar in the neighbouring Palghar district, according to PTI.
Additional Superintendent of Police Atul Zende said most of them were aged between 18 and 25.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed grief over the incident. He also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those killed and said that the government will bear the cost of treatment for those who were injured.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grief over the incident and said that he spoke with Shinde and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding the incident.