PATNA: At least 27 people were charred to death in Indian state of Bihar when a passenger bus went up in flames shortly after getting overturned in a bid to save a biker. Most of the bodies were charred beyond recognition, authorities said.
The horrible incident took place in east Champaran district, some 160 km east of Patna, on Thursday.
As per reports, the passenger bus carrying around 32 passengers overturned shortly after it had left for Delhi from the Muzaffarpur bus stop.
Authorities said the bus was moving with full speed when a biker came on its way and in a bid to save him, the bus lost its control and fell into a roadside ditch. Soon it went up in flames, claiming 27 lives.
“As per my information, 27 passengers have been killed in the incident so far,” Bihar disaster management department minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav told the media today.
He said the authorities had launched a massive rescue operation to save the passengers and extricate the bodies. He also announced a compensation of Rs400,000 to each victim family.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the incident while expressing deepest condolences for the victim families. “I am very saddened by the news,” Kumar told the media today. He also promised to provide adequate medical relief to the victims.
Bihar disaster management secretary Pratyay Amrit said relief teams had rushed to the spot and efforts are on to extricate the bodies. “Most of bodies are charred beyond recognition and our first priority is to extricate the bodies,” Amrit said adding the casualty figures might go up.
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