Himachal Pradesh : The death toll has risen to 44 in a bus accident in Himachal Pradesh’s Banjar where the private bus fell into a 500ft deep gorge.
Earlier the death toll was put at 32 by Banjar’s Sub Divisional Magistrate M.R. Bhardwaj indicating the death could go up.
“The bus was on its way from Banjar to Gadagushani-Khauli and rolled down into the gorge near Byoth Morh (curve). The injured were rushed to civil hospitals in Banjar and Kullu. Teams of the district administration and district disaster management authority, along with doctors and ambulances, were rushed to the spot for the rescue and replied operations,” the official said.
Expressing grief, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said a magisterial enquiry had been ordered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the bus accident in Kullu. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi also offered condolences.
The Kullu district administration has announced an immediate relief of Rs 50,000 each to the kin of the deceased and injured.