Uttarkashi bus accident: 22 killed after bus falls into Bhagirathi river
A bus carrying 29 people from Uttarkashi to Gangotri falls into river on Tuesday. According to sources, so far 22 bodies have been recovered and 8 other who were injured were admitted to hospital. All were residents of Madhya Pradesh.
The mishap occurred at around 6 pm as the bus fell 300 metres down the road into the river, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Shrivastava said. Rescue efforts by the SDRF, the ITBP and police personnel under the supervision of senior officials are continuing in darkness.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to injured in Uttarkashi accident.
Also, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister announces an ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in Uttarkashi bus accident.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan experssed grief over the tragedy and issued instructions for immediate aid to the victims.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also instructed authorities to arrange a special train bogey to bring bodies to Madhya Pradesh on MP CM's request.