Jaipur: At least 33 people, including four children, were killed and seven others injured today when a bus rushed to the Banas River after diverting from a 100-foot bridge in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, police said.
The incident took place early in the morning in the area of the Soorwal police station when the bus carrying some 45 passengers was on its way to Lalsot from Sawai Madhopur, they said. The bus driver lost control of the vehicle and plunged into the river after breaking the bridge railing, police said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his regret over the incident and said his thoughts were with the families of the deceased. “The state government is closely monitoring the situation, including rescue operations and providing all possible assistance to those affected,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.
Soorwal police house officer (SHO), Anoop Singh, said of the 33 people killed, seven are women and four children. The wounded were taken to hospitals. The bus driver also died in the incident, a police officer had said earlier. He said that 19 bodies were delivered to the relatives of the victims after the autopsy and the autopsy of 14 bodies had not yet taken place.
A body has not yet been identified, he added. In reports that the bus driver was underage, the SHO said it had not yet been determined. The passengers were from Rajasthan and other states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. Several of them were going to offer prayers at a temple in Malarna Chour in the district, the SP said.
The cheif Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. “I am sad because of the bus accident that took place in Dubi Banas, he took stock of the situation of the officials present in the place and told them to provide all possible assistance to the affected people,” he said in a tweet.
In a statement issued later, he said the minister in charge of the district, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, was quickly taken to the site to supervise the relief measures. “I pray for peace for the deceased souls and the courage for the aggrieved family members to overcome the commotion,” said the cheif minister. Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, Sawai Madhopur MLA Diya Kumari and NPP leader Kirori Meena also expressed regret over the incident.