Gujarat: 12 People Injured After Roof Of Cabin Collapses On Rath Yatra Route

The incident took place when the procession was passing through narrow roads of Shahpur area in the Old city on Friday evening.

New Delhi: Around a dozen people sustained injuries when the roof of a cabin they were sitting on caved in on the route of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Friday, news agency PTI reported.

According to the report, Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi was walking along with the procession when the incident took place. He rushed to the spot and directed the police officials to take necessary measures.  

The minister even consoled a little girl and a boy who were separated from their family after the collapse. A video of Sanghavi wiping the girl's tears have gone viral on the social media.

It is to be noted that the incident took place when the procession was passing through narrow roads of Shahpur area in the Old city on Friday evening.

"Some 10 to 15 persons, including children, were sitting on the roof of a small cabin to enjoy the Rath Yatra. All of them fell after the roof, which was made of tin sheets, suddenly collapsed," PTI quoted Sanghavi as saying.

"Luckily, policemen rushed to the spot and helped all of them. They are safe as they sustained only minor injuries. Since the girl was crying, I consoled her. She was then handed over to her family," the minister added.

Notably, the Rath Yatra, which started its 18km long journey from Lord Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur area on Friday morning, is expected to return to the temple around 8.30pm.

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