West Bengal bus accident: Murshidabad, which is located over 200 kms from Kolkata, has witnessed a deadliest tragedy. 36 persons were killed after state roadways bus fell into a canal yesterday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had rushed to the accident site to take a stock of the situation and had revealed the reasons which led to the tragedy. It has been learnt that out of 36 deceased, 10 were women. The accident occurred at Balirghat under the Daulatabad police station area. It took place around 6 am when the North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) bus was going from Shikarpur in Nadia district to Malda, according to report. The bus fell into the Ghogra canal breaking the railing of a bridge.
CM Mamata Banerjee was in Baharampur to oversee the search and rescue operation.The Trinamool Congress supremo had also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of those killed in the accident, while Rs 1 lakh would be given to those seriously injured. The West Bengal Chief Minister has also announced Rs 50,000 would be given to the other injured people. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in the accident and conveyed his condolence to the bereaved families. Talking to reporters, CM Banerjee said, “The bus driver might have been unmindful. There was fog also.” However, the official cause of the accident was not known yet.
Here is what we know so far about West Bengal bus accident in Murshidabad
- The incident triggered protests, with locals alleging delay in arrival of police and attacking the force. They also torched a police vehicle. Locals also damaged a fire tender when it reached the spot to douse the blaze in the police vehicle. Police used batons to disperse the mob.
- According to official sources, it took eight hours to locate and lift the ill-fated bus out of the canal using five hydraulic cranes. Immediately after the bus fell into the canal, local boatmen rescued a few people, but most of the passengers could not come out of the vehicle.
- According to report, the NDRF joined state disaster management personnel in the rescue operation. Deep-water divers were also deployed, they said, adding a control room was opened in the Murshidabad district to give information about the accident.
- The district magistrate, senior police officers, including the SP reached the spot to monitor the rescue operation. Locals have claimed that around 60 people were in the bus. There was, however, no official confirmation on the number of passengers.