The Russian Tour Operators Association (ATOR) has confirmed the deaths of 13 Russian tourists in a traffic accident in India, citing local media and its own sources, ATOR Executive Director Maya Lomidze told Interfax.
She said the traffic accident in which Russian tourists died occurred in northern India. "There are quite a few sacred Buddhist places there. The victims were most likely pilgrims traveling on their own, not through travel firms," she said.
Lomidze also said that none of the Russian tour operators providing tours to India has confirmed their clients' presence on the bus.
Russian tour operators do not organize tours to northern India, she added.
The India Today website earlier reported, citing the police in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, that 13 Russian tourists died when the bus they were traveling in fell into the Bhagirathi River. Twelve others were injured. One remains unaccounted for.
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