July 3, 2009 5:03:31 pm
At least 14 people were killed while 13 others are feared drowned in two separate bus accidents in Uttarkashi and Tehri districts of Uttarakhand on Friday morning. 43 injured people are being administered medical treatment in different hospitals.
In the first instance a bus going from Uttarkashi to Gangotri fell into a river near Bhatwadi Thirang in the early hours of the day. Out of the 40 passengers,bodies of only 11 persons were fished out while 13 were reported missing. Of the remaining persons who had sustained injuries,13 have been admitted to the local hospital while three seriously injured people have been shifted to Dehradun.
In the second instance in Tehri district,there persons were killed when a bus fell into a gorge near Saknidhar. The bus was going from Srinagar to Rishikesh. There were 30 passengers in the bus. The remaining 27 injured have been admitted to a hospital in Rishikesh.
State Chief Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has ordered a magisterial probe into both the incidents and has instructed the district administration of Tehri and Uttarkashi to give a compensation of Rs 50,000 to family of each of the deceased,Rs 20,000 to each of the seriously injured and Rs 5000 each to those who have sustained injuries. In order to trace the missing persons,he has directed the officials to take services of divers from Tehri hydel project.
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