A day after 27 people were killed when a bus carrying a Jatra troupe met with an accident in Odisha’s Deogarh district, the state government officials said the vehicle’s fitness certificate had expired three years ago.
On Sunday evening, 27 artistes of Bharati Gananatya, a Bargarh-based Jatra troupe, died and 11 others were injured when the bus carrying them went off a hilly road and fell into a gorge. Of the injured, five have been shifted to Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital in Burla after their condition turned serious.
Preliminary probe by transport department officials has revealed that the fitness certificate of the bus had expired three years ago. Section 56 of the Indian Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, prescribes that a transport vehicle will not be deemed to be registered unless it carries a certificate of fitness.
Diptiranjan Patra, Cuttack Regional Transport Officer, said that the owner of the bus, Tapan Kumar Mohanty, had been issued a notice regarding the expiration of the fitness certificate in 2014. But, he did not respond.
Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said he has sought a report from the Deogarh RTO.
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