45 killed as bus falls into river in Himachal Pradesh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Apr 2017 08:53:21


FORTY-FIVE passengers were killed when a private bus plunged into River Tons in remote Nerwa area of Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.
The passengers were on their way from Vikasnagar in Uttarakhand to Tuni and the mishap took place on the Uttarakhand-HP border in Himachal territory, Deputy Commissioner Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur said.

“Going by the version of the conductor, who was one of the two survivors, we presumed that the number of passengers was 46 but now 45 deaths have been confirmed,” he said. According to reports received earlier, 56 passengers were believed to be travelling in the ill-fated bus.

There were more than 47 passengers in the bus and bodies of 45 victims have been recovered while two persons including the conductor, who jumped out of the bus, survived, the official said.

Twenty out of the 45 deceased have been identified and 12 among them hail from Uttarakhand while eight are from Himachal Pradesh. The conductor who fled from the spot was later caught by locals.

Initially, the police had claimed that there were 56 passengers in the bus but after the conductor was questioned, it was revealed that the total number of passengers was more than 47 and two persons survived. PM Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss and announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of each of those killed. He also announced Rs 50,000 for each of those seriously injured in the accident.