Two persons were killed and 35 others including 20 women, were injured in a road accident in Bahraich on Saturday. The accident took place when a bus carrying 70 passengers overturned near Jingha bypass on the Bahraich-Nanpara road.
Almost all the injured women were teachers, and they were going to school by the bus. The condition of ten injured women, admitted to the district hospital, was stated to be critical.
According to reports, the bus was going to Nawabganj from Bahraich. As the bus reached the Jingha bypass, its rear wheel got stuck into a ditch and the vehicle overturned.
Two persons were killed on the spot and about 36 people, including 20 women, sustained injuries. However, the bus driver managed to escape. The deceased were identified as bus owner Guddu (24), son of Hasan Mohammad and the cleaner Saleem (18), son of Mustaqeem.
Besides schoolteachers, others who sustained injuries were some employees of Nanpara sugar factory, Nanpara Tahsil office and SDM court, Nanpara.
Listening to the screams of passengers, people from nearby areas launched a rescue operation. State Labour and Employment Minister Waqar Ahmad Shah rushed to the spot and inquired about the condition of the injured. District magistrate Shankar Lal Pandey, superintendent of police Pramod Kumar also visited the spot.
Initially, the injured were admitted to the Missionary Hospital from where they were shifted to the district hospital. The minister instructed the chief medical superintendent of the hospital to provide all possible help to the injured. Basic education officer Masihuz-zaman Siddiqui, chairperson of Primary Teachers' Association Usha Pathak and other leaders of the association also visited the hospital to inquire after the health of the injured teachers.