Toll in Bengal bus tragedy rises to nine
The private bus, which had fallen into the swollen river, was washed away while navigating a small bridge at Phulkulsma.
Bankura, West Bengal: The toll in the bus tragedy in West Bengal's Bankura district today rose to nine with recovery of seven more bodies.
Police superintendent of Bankura Mukesh Kumar said five bodies, including that of a young housewife, were found in Bhairabbanki river at Raipur in the district.
Two other bodies were found at Lalagrah in neighbouring West Midnapore during searches this morning, he said.
Search was on for more bodies, especially in the downstream near Lalgrah though no complaints of missing persons had been filed with the police, he said.
The private bus, which had fallen into the swollen river and was washed away while navigating a small bridge at Phulkulsma on way to Durgapur from Jhargram on Thursday, has been pulled out of the water and no body was found inside it.
Neither was anybody found trapped under the bus, he said.
The body of the 25 year-old housewife from Jhargram in West Midnapore was found at Junbani ghat in Raipur, while those of two men were found at Ekpal Ghat.
Bodies of two other men were found at Ambari ghat, also in Raipur. All the bodies except one found at Ambari have been identified, Kumar said adding all the bodies were taken to Bankura Medical College for post mortem.
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