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Injured Russians rescued

New Delhi. June 11: Eleven Russian tourists injured yesterday when the vehicle carrying them to Gangotri plunged into the Bhagirathi were airlifted to hospitals in New Delhi and Dehradun today.

Military helicopters carried six of the 11 tourists to Delhi while the remaining five were flown to Dehradun. Government officials said the six, who have been admitted to Delhi’s Primus Hospital, needed critical care.

Two Russian nationals were killed when the vehicle plunged into the river yesterday, apparently while negotiating a steep slope. They were part of a group of 13 followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and were on their way to Gangotri.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov today called up his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj and thanked her for the “efficient and expeditious” assistance provided to the tourists.