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It was a bad omen for Kotharis

Written by: Staff

Thane, May 2 (UNI) A visit from Bhayandar to Thane by a Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus today turned out to be bad omen for the Kotharis, survivors of one of the worst road accidents in the district which claimed 30 lives and left as many injured this afternoon.

Rumila and Natwarlal Kothari, alongwith their son Snehal, were coming to Thane enroute to Dombivili to distribute marriage cards of Snehal when the TMT bus broke the parapet wall of the bridge on Chena river and nose dived into the rivulet.

A dazed and shocked Rumila, sitting by the side of her seriously injured husband at a private hospital, told a UNI that their journey turned out to be a bad omen.

Her son Snehal, working in a publishing house, was to get married on May 9, a shocked and weeping Rumila said. Snehal was admitted to the ICU of a private hospital.

Thirty year-old Taruna Virendra Singh, a resident of Bhayandar, who was on a weekly visit to Thane to 'Ashapura' temple at Kapurbadi, was one of the lucky survivors.

She is, however, relieved that her daughter, who has passed seventh standard with flying colours, did not accompany her, finding the bus over-crowded at Bhayandar.

Taruna said she visited the temple every Tuesday and today was a special occasion as she wanted to thank Goddess Ashapura for her daughter achievement.

Taruna said she heard some passengers were scolding the driver for his rash driving and had asked him to drive slowly. However, he did not heed to their pleas before the bus plunged into the river.

She thanked the 'Maa' for saving her life.

The journey, however, turned out to be the last for two teachers--Lopez and Periera--of Thane civic school.

A number of school teachers rushed to the civic hospital when they learnt of their death in the mishap.

Talking to the injured, it came to light that the passengers who were seated lost their lives, while those standing survived, though with injuries.


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