As many as 35 students of a computer training centre, on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Dharamshala, were injured when their bus overturned in Jawali sub-division of Kangra district on Thursday morning, a district official said.
They were on their way to Police Grounds, Dharamshala, in a private school bus to attend Modi’s ‘Jan Abhar Rally’ being organised to mark the first anniversary of the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh.
Among the injured, the condition of five is stated to be critical and they have been admitted to the hospital, the district official said.
The BJP government had withdrawn its earlier order to shut down all educational institutions in the hill town on December 27 following allegation by the Opposition that the closure order of schools in Dharamshala was to ferry children to PM Modi’s rally site.
The Kangra district administration had earlier ordered the closure of all schools and other educational institutions in Dharamshala on December 27, saying it was to ensure that school children do not get stuck up in possible traffic snarls on the rally day.
Earlier in April, around 30 people including 27 school children, two teachers and a driver were killed after a school bus they were travelling in fell into a 500-feet gorge near Nurpur in Himachal Pradesh.
All the children belonged to Vazir Ram Singh Memorial Public School in Nurpur