Murshidabad, January 30: In West Bengal, the death toll in the Murshidabad bus accident has risen to 45. The incident occurred yesterday when a state roadways bus fell into the Ghogra canal breaking the railing of a bridge at Balirghat.
Police said the bus was going from Shikarpur in Nadia district to Malda. According to reports, around 60 people were traveling on the bus at the time of the accident. The driver of the bus was allegedly speaking over the phone when the accident took place. The toll could go up as the search operation to trace those missing is underway.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced an ex-gratia of 5 lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of those killed. 1 lakh would be given to the seriously injured and 50,000 for those with minor injuries.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the loss of lives due to the accident. In a tweet, Kovind said “Very sad to learn about the horrific bus accident in Murshidabad, West Bengal. Condolences to the bereaved families and wishing an early recovery to those injured.”
PM Modi also said “Anguished by the bus accident in West Bengal’s Murshidabad. My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones.”
PM also expressed deep sorrow on the bus accident at Murshidabad in West Bengal and expressed deep condolences to those who have lost their lives in this accident and wished the wounded people to recover quickly.