Bhubaneswar: At least three visitors were injured after they were rammed by a bus outside the Lion safari inside Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar here on Wednesday. The mishap occurred between 2:30 pm and 3 pm.
According to reports, the safari bus ran into a group of visitors inside the zoo after the driver lost control of the vehicle due to suspected ‘technical glitch’.
All the injured are from Mahuria village in Khurda district and they have been admitted to a private hospital in the city. The condition of one person is said to be critical. He is undergoing treatment in the ICU.
“We were moving inside the zoo when the safari bus hit us from behind. The Nandankanan Zoo authorities are responsible for the incident,” said Surya Prasad Mangaraj, an injured.
Following the mishap, tension prevailed in Nadankanan Zoological Park with tourists demanding action against erring driver for such negligence.
Concerns are now being expressed over safety of tourists as earlier a bus had skidded off the road and stuck inside lion safari in November last year. Though nobody was injured in the mishap, the tourists were stranded in the bus till alternative arrangements were made to evacuate them.