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Lok Sabha mourns Bihar rail tragedy

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The Lok Sabha today observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to the 63 people killed in three separate tragedies--35 in Howrah-Jamalpur Express tragedy in Bihar, 14 in bus mishap near Solan in Himachal Pradesh and 14 in land mine blast near Bokaro in Jharkhand--on Saturday.

As soon as the House assembled, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said that in a very unfortunate mishap on December 2, 35 people reportedly lost their lives and many were injured when a portion of 150 year old bridge collapsed on the Howrah-Jamalpur Expreess at Bhagalpur in Bihar.

In another mishap the same day, a bus from Delhi to Shimla plunged into a gorge near Kandaghat about 10 km from Solan, on the Kalka- Shimla Highway resulting in the death of about 14 people and injuries to many.

Besides 14 police personnel were killed and some injured in a land mine blast at Kanchkir, in Bokaro district of Jharkhand.

"The House expresses its grief over the loss of lives and injuries caused in these mishaps," Mr Chatterjee said, following which the members stood in silence as a mark of respect to the departed.

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