The two vehicles were on their way to a canal for a ceremony related to Bhagawat puja which was being organised in Pura village, Additional Superintendent of Police R P Gupta informed.

The speeding truck rammed into a tractor-trolley near Harchandpur village on Mainpuri road. The damaged trolley later climbed on the second trolley which was moving in front due to high impact of the collision, the ASP added.

Of the 17 persons killed in the accident, five were children and 12 were women, he stated. Around 30 persons were injured in the accident and have been admitted to different hospitals in Etah, Aligarh and Agra.

Expressing grief over the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister announced financial assistance of RS two lakh each to kin of those killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.

The CM has also directed the officials to provide free treatment to the injured. Meanwhile, local residents staged agitation by blocking a road near Harchandpur area and started stone-pelting on the police, the administrative officers and the passing-by vehicles.

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