Accident
The bus was ferrying 52 pilgrims and slid off the Qom-Mashhad Highway due to rains in Iran.

A 13-year-old girl from Hyderabad died on Monday during a pilgrimage in Iran when a bus that she was travelling in, met with an accident and slid off a highway.

The deceased has been identified as Kulsum Fatima of Yakutpura and the bus was reported to have been carrying 18 persons from the same area in Hyderabad's old city. 

According to media reports, the bus was ferrying 52 pilgrims and slid off the Qom-Mashhad Highway due to incessant rains in Iran.

The accident also left several people with injuries and they were rushed to the Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran.

Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) spokesperson Amjed Ullah Khan spoke to the group leader Wajid Ali Moosavi and assured them of help. He also appealed to the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassy in Tehran to look into the incident.

A video shared by Amjed shows one of the injured pilgrims informing his family and friends that he was safe and was being provided proper medical care by the officials of the hospital.

"I have got the report from Indian Embassy in Tehran. A bus carrying 20 Indian pilgrims on way to Qom met with an accident last night," Sushma Swaraj tweeted in response to a request for help from one Syed Ali Jaffry, Hyderabad city general secretary, BJP minorities morcha.

"Unfortunately, we lost Kulsum Fatima aged 14 years because of head injuries," she added.

Sushma Swaraj also said that another Indian national, Mohammad Ali, is in the intensive care unit while 18 others were discharged after first aid.

"Our mission staff is in the hospital to provide any assistance," the Minister said.

Qom is a holy city for followers of Shia Islam, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatimah Bint Musa, sister of Imam Ali Ibn Musa Rida.

 

IANS inputs