Unakoti district, Tripura – A festive celebration turned into a devastating tragedy when a fire broke out during the ‘Ulta Rath Yatra’ festival in Tripura’s Unakoti district. The incident resulted in the loss of six lives and left 15 others injured. The unfortunate incident took place in the Kumarghat area around 4:30 p.m.
The ‘Ulta Rath Yatra’ festival is an important event that marks the return of Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Jagannath, revered deities, to their sacred abode. It occurs one week after the grand Rath Yatra.
Upon hearing the news, Chief Minister Manik Saha expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families affected by this tragic incident. In a tweet, he conveyed his sympathies, stating, “In a tragic incident, several devotees have lost their lives and some others sustained injuries due to electrocution during Ulta Rath Yatra at Kumarghat today. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families who lost their near and dear ones in the tragedy. In this difficult time, the State Government stands by the side of the affected families.”
The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and investigations are currently underway to ascertain the circumstances leading to this unfortunate incident. The authorities have promised a thorough inquiry to uncover the truth behind the incident.
The ‘Ulta Rath Yatra’ festival holds immense cultural and religious significance for the people of Tripura. It is a time of celebration and devotion, where devotees come together to pay their respects and seek blessings from the divine deities. The unexpected turn of events has left the community in shock and mourning.
Local authorities and emergency services responded promptly to the incident, providing medical assistance to the injured and ensuring that the situation was brought under control. The injured individuals were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals for necessary treatment, while the bodies of the deceased were taken for post-mortem examinations.
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As the investigation progresses, the state government has pledged to extend all possible support to the affected families, both emotionally and financially. Efforts are being made to provide them with the necessary assistance and compensation to help cope with this tragic loss.
The ‘Ulta Rath Yatra’ festival has always been a time of joy and devotion, but this unfortunate incident serves as a somber reminder of the need for stringent safety measures and precautions during such events. Authorities and organizers are urged to prioritize the safety and well-being of festival attendees to prevent any further tragedies in the future.
The community of Tripura mourns the loss of lives and stands united in support of the affected families during this difficult time.