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.