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9 dead as car skids off road into gorge in Kullu

Nine New Year revellers, aged between 19 and 28 years, died around midnight last night at Bathbar near Banjar when their jam-packed Maruti Alto car rolled down into a deep gorge.

According to a report received here from Kullu police today, eight persons died on the spot while the ninth youth succumbed to injuries in the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
 
The bodies were handed over to relatives after autopsy, the police said.
 
The local youths had gone to Bathbar to celebrate the New Year.
 
People in nearby villages rushed to the houses of the grief-stricken families to console them.
 
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