PATNA: At least, five Indian tourists were injured when a heavy tree branch fell on them inside the world famous monument of Taj Mahal in Agra yesterday.
The victims who included a women and her four children belonged to eastern Indian state of Jharkhand who had gone to Agra to attend a marriage function.
Media reports said the tourists had gone to visit Taj Mahal when a 12-feet branch of a tree weighing about 100 kg suddenly fell on them near the monument’s shoe stand. The injured tourists were instantly rushed to a local hospital.
“The incident took place around 3 pm near the shoe point where racks have been installed for tourists to keep their slippers and footwear. It was a 12-feet long branch of centuries old Mahogany tree which unfortunately fell on them,” the local SI conservation assistant (Taj Mahal) Ram Ratan told The Times of India.
Last year, a 66-year-old Japanese tourist had died while his friend fractured his leg after both allegedly fell from the staircase of the monument.
Taj Mahal, described as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
Located on the bank of Yamuna river, one of world’s most architectural marvels attracts 7-8 million tourists every year.
The most famed latest visitors to Taj were British royal couple, Prince William and his wife Kate, who visited the site in mid April.
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