Twelve people, including school children, were killed and three injured after a private bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh Monday morning, according to officials.
According to the police, the bus was travelling from Shamshad to Sainj when it plunged more than 100 metres into the gorge situated in the vicinity of Jangla village.
“We received information that a bus has fallen off the road into a gorge in Jangla. Rescue operations were initiated and we found that 12 persons had died. Three persons have been rushed to Sainj where they are currently receiving treatment,” said a police spokesperson.
While the cause of the accident is being probed, it is suspected that the bus carrying 15 passengers skidded into the gorge, said officials.
The bus belongs to a private owner and was also ferrying children at the time of the accident. The number of minors who were killed in the accident and the identity of the deceased are being ascertained.
“The bus accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh is heart-rending. In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from the PM National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the accident. The injured will be given Rs 50,000 each, the PMO added.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that several members of the administration are looking into the situation and assistance is being given to the injured.
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