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Himachal: 12 dead in Kullu bus mishap

In a tragic mishap a private bus rolled down into a deep gorge near Kullu on Monday morning  killing 12 people, including school children.

In a tragic mishap a private bus rolled down into a deep gorge near Kullu on Monday morning  killing 12 people, including school children. Several others were injured in the mishap.

According to the police, the bus was on its way to Sainj before it fell into a gorge near Jangla village.

Rescue operations were launched to retrieve the dead . The injured persons were taken to nearby hospitals, including the Kullu hospital.

The deceased have been identified as Tanu, Prem Chand, Anita Devi, Susheel Kumar, Khim Dasi, Roshi Devi, Parvati Devi, Jhablu Devi, Amit Kumar Rajak, Aaksh and Rakhi Maya.

Among the injured were  Mahender Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Gopal.

It has been one of the worst bus mishaps in Himachal Pradesh in recent times. The exact cause of the mishap was being investigated by the police. Senior District officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, were at the spot to oversee the rescue operations.

The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, and the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann expressed their deep grief at the mishap and sent condolences to the bereaved families besides wishing the injured speedy recovery.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the bus accident in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu was heart-rending. He announced Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives.

“The bus accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh is heart-rending. In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Modi was quoted as saying in a tweet by his office.

“I hope those injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected,” he said.

“The Prime Minister has approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic bus accident in Himachal Pradesh,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in another tweet.

The injured would be given Rs 50,000 each, it said.

President Ram Nath Kovind was also distressed to learn about the death of students and other people in the bus accident and offered condolences to the bereaved families.

“Distressed to hear the sad news of the death of many people including students in the bus accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families who lost their children and loved ones in this accident. I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” Kovind tweeted in Hindi.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said he was distressed to learn about the death of students and other people and offered condolences to the bereaved families.

“Extremely distressed to hear about the news of a private bus accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. May god give strength to the families who lost their loved ones. I also pray for the safety and recovery of those rescued,” Mann tweeted.

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh also expressed condolences to the bereaved families.

“Praying for recovery of all injured and to grant eternal peace to the departed souls. My profound condolences to bereaved families,” Singh tweeted.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the bus victims.

“Deeply saddened to learn about the tragic bus accident in Sainj valley of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. My condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured,” Badal said in a tweet.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who rushed to the spot, also expressed grief over the bus accident.

The CM asked the Chief Secretary to personally supervise the relief and rescue operation. He said a magisterial inquiry had been ordered to probe the cause of the accident and the Kullu ADM would probe the incident.

Thakur said Rs 5 lakh each would be given to the next of the kin of the deceased whereas Rs 15,000 would be given to the each injured. He said free treatment would be provided to the injured.

Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh has directed the Financial Commissioner, Revenue, and Divisional Commissioner, Mandi, to rush to the spot to supervise the rescue operation.

 

Prabhjot Singh