As many as 20 passengers travelling in a private sleeper bus were feared burned to death in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh after the bus collided head on with a truck near Chiloi village on Friday night.
There were around 70 passengers in the bus which was on its way to Jaipur from Farrukhabad, police said.
According to The Times of India, the truck involved in the accident was carrying some inflammable material.
The Inspector General, Kanpur range, Mohit Agarwal said that the damage to the vehicle was so extensive that a DNA test needed to be conducted to ascertain the passengers’ identities and the exact toll.
"The bodies are badly burned, their bones are scattered so, only a DNA test will determine the death toll. Prima facie bodies of 8-10 people seem to be on the bus but the damage is so extensive that casualties can be determined only through DNA test," said Agarwal.
IG (Kanpur range) Mohit Agarwal: The bodies are badly burned, their bones are scattered,so only a DNA test will determine the death toll. Prima facie bodies of 8-10 people seem to be on the bus but the damage is so extensive that casualties can be determined only through DNA test https://t.co/v7RR2Etnka
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Another 21 passengers, who sustained severe burn injuries, were rescued and admitted to a local hospital.
Taking cognisance of the accident, chief minister Yogi Adityanath instructed the district magistrate and the Kannauj superintendent of police to reach the spot immediately and provide medical assistance to the injured passengers.
मुख्यमंत्री श्री @myogiadityanath जी ने जनपद कन्नौज में डबल डेकर बस में आग लगने की घटना का त्वरित संज्ञान लिया है।
मुख्यमंत्री जी ने जनपद कन्नौज के जिलाधिकारी व पुलिस अधीक्षक को तत्काल घटनास्थल पर पहुंचने और यात्रियों को बेहतर चिकित्सा सुविधा मुहैया कराने के निर्देश दिए हैं।
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He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences to the affected families of the incident.
"Saddened to know about the serious road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj. Many people have lost their lives in this accident. I express my condolences to the families of the dead, I wish the injured a speedy recovery," Modi tweeted.
उत्तर प्रदेश के कन्नौज में हुए भीषण सड़क हादसे के बारे में जानकर अत्यंत दुख पहुंचा है। इस दुर्घटना में कई लोगों को अपनी जान गंवानी पड़ी है। मैं मृतकों के परिजनों के प्रति अपनी संवेदनाएं प्रकट करता हूं, साथ ही घायलों के शीघ्र स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूं।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 11, 2020
According to an eyewitness the bus was packed to capacity when the accident took place. Three to four fire engines were rushed to the spot to douse the fire in both the vehicles, NDTV reported.
NDTV quoted the eyewitness as saying, "There were many travellers. Only 10 to 12 could get out of the bus. The bus was absolutely packed. Other than the 10 to 12 who could get off the bus, everyone else was inside."
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Jan 11, 2020 08:52:27 IST