The heavy vehicle lost control and ran over the 'kanwarias' (devotees of Lord Shiva) sleeping on the roadside, Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sharma said.

After running over the sleeping Kanwarias, it hit a parked bus in which some other kanwarias were taking rest, the SP said, adding 12 kanwarias were killed in the mishap.

The pilgrims were resting after returning from Deogarh temple in Jharkhand.

The mishap took place under Muffasil police station area, 10 km from Aurangabad town and about 160 KM from capital Patna. The injured have been admitted to Sadar Hospital here
with some of the seriously injured rushed to Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya.

The victims were returning to their home in Dehri sub-division of Rohtas district from Deogarh after offering prayers to Lord Shiva when the tragedy took place.

Former Independent MLA of Dehri Pradeep Joshi organizes trip to Deogarh for devotees every year during the month of 'Shravan'.

His wife Rashmi Jyoti is the current Independent MLA from there.

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