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At least seven persons were killed and a number of others got injured when a bus, carrying 55 passengers, plunged into a river due to poor visibility in Murshidabad district on Monday.
The bus, carrying at least 55 passengers, fell into the river Bhagirathi in Murshidabad district in West Bengal. At least 50 passengers are feared to be trapped inside the bus, which was going from Karimpur to Malda.
Expressing her grief over the accident, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for those killed in the accident and Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for passengers with minor injuries.
Incident at Murshidabad is sad. I have asked my officials to take a note of the situation. I announce Rs 5 Lakh ex-gratia for the next of the kin of the deceased,” news agency ANI quoted Banerjee as saying on its Twitter handle.
The Chief Minister left for Daulatabad to supervise the rescue operation. She will be flying from Dumurjola stadium accompanied by transport secretary Alapan Banerjee and transport minister Subhendu Adhikari. She will reach the accident spot by 2.30 PM, police said. So far the bus could not be spotted in the river. Due to absence of trained divers, the rescue operation has been hit, locals claimed.
So far, only seven bodies, including a child, have been found from the river. The injured have been admitted to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital here.
Preliminary probe reveals that due to dense fog, there was poor visibility. The bus driver, apparently, lost control over the vehicle.
A boat which was in the mid-stream began the rescue operation. 10 passengers who could manage to get out of the bus were rescued.
One of the rescued passengers claimed that the bus driver was speaking over his mobile phone when the accident took place.
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