Five pilgrims heading to the A’chik Baptist Dalgipa Krima Sobha at Rajasimla in North Garo Hills have been injured after their vehicle veered off the road and dashed against a tree early Sunday morning.
The group of devotees were coming from Kherapara village in West Garo Hills on a hired Taveller mini bus, ML 08 C 9431, and heading to Rajasimla to participate in the religious festival on its final day when the vehicle went off the road and hit a tree at 4:30 in the morning. The driver apparently fell asleep on the steering.
Among the injured travellers was a girl child. The injured were rushed to the nearest health centre in the area for medical treatment.
Rajasimla is hosting the biggest annual religious festival for the last time before the Sobha moves to a permanent site in West Garo Hills.
The event has immense religious significance among the Garos because it was at Rajasimla that Christianity laid its roots with the first Garos to convert 150 years ago.