Of the 45 persons who were killed in the tragic bus mishap at Gumma near Nerwa at the Himachal- Uttarakhand border, as many as nine bodies remain unidentified.
Shimla deputy commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur, who was at the Nerwa hospital where the bodies have been kept, said 36 bodies have been identified so far. “These have been handed over to the relatives,” he said.
Shimla SP DW Negi said 72 ice-slabs and 20 quintals of wood are on the way to Nerwa from Uttarakhand for preservation of unidentified dead bodies.
Forty five people, including 31 men (26 adults and 4 minor) and 15 women (10 adults and 5 minors), had died in the accident. Of 36 bodies that have been identified, 13 belong to Himachal, 18 to Uttarakhand and four to Uttar Pradesh and one to Bihar.
Uttarakhand’s state disaster response force returned from the site on Wednesday evening after Himachal Pradesh home guards reached.
All bodies were shifted to Nerwa hospital on Wednesday. The deputy commissioner said the local SDM will conduct the magisterial probe.
On Friday, Shimla regional transport officer Prashant Deshta will visit the spot for a technical probe, which has been instituted by the transport department.