Nine devotees were killed and 12 injured when a speeding dumper rammed into a group of pilgrims on a trek to the Purnagiri Temple in\u00a0neighbouring Champawat\u00a0district early today, an official said. The pilgrims hailing from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh were on way to the Purnagiri Temple on foot\u00a0 when they were knocked down by the dumper at around 5 AM at Bichai, SDM, Tanakpur, Anil Chanyal said. Four of the injured are in a serious condition, he said. "Those seriously\u00a0 injured have been referred to Khatima hospital\u00a0 while the\u00a0 rest of the injured are being treated at Tanakpur Hospital, " the SDM said. The deceased were identified as\u00a0Vir Singh (18), Sonu (8), Vishal (17,) Ram Kumar (16), Deendayal (35), Babu (12), Kesher Singh (16), Ramswaroop (40)\u00a0\u00a0 and\u00a0Sohan (40), all residents\u00a0of\u00a0Baheri in Bareilly\u00a0district of UP, he said. The\u00a0devotees were coming\u00a0to the\u00a0hilltop temple barefoot from\u00a0their home as a gesture of gratitude\u00a0to the goddess for fulfilling their wishes. A search has been launched to nab the driver of the dumper who fled the spot. The dumper is registered in Khatima.