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35 passengers still missing in Himachal bus accident

Seven out of nine dead have been identified and postmortems were conducted. The bodies were also handed over to their relatives for last rites in Punjab

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla/kullu | Updated: July 24, 2015 8:13:50 pm
Himachal Pradesh bus accident Seven out of nine dead have been identified and postmortems were conducted. The bodies were also handed over to their relatives for last rites in Punjab. (Source: Express Photo)

A day after a bus plunged into a river in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh which killed over 30 people, 35 passengers are still reported missing. Of 23 survivors, four have been referred to PGI Chandigarh.

According to survivors, the 52-seater tourist bus was carrying 68 passengers when it plunged into the river. The passengers – pilgrims from Punjab – were on a visit to popular Sikh shrine Manikaran in Himachal. The search operation is still underway in the river stretch of nearly 100 kms upto Larji project and Pandoh dams in Kullu and Mandi district.

Deputy Commissioner of Kullu, Rakesh Kanwar said only two bodies were found today raising the total to nine. But some of the injured persons and relatives, who reached Kullu this morning, gave details of more persons who were traveling in the bus.

Seven out of nine dead have been identified and postmortems were conducted. The bodies were also handed over to their relatives for last rites in Punjab.

The gates of Pandoh dam have been shut to prevent chances of bodies flowing into the turbulent Beas river, Kanwar said. A general alert has also been sounded and people have been asked to remain vigilant and inform the administration or police if they spot a missing person or a body.

Reports from the accident site revealed that condition of the road was bad and that could also be the cause of the accident. The bus driver, who is among the survivors, could not spot a mountain cliff. The bus fell in the river after hitting against the cliff.

A magisterial probe has been ordered with police registering a case.

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