The Amritsar rural police have booked the driver of the private bus that rammed into a ‘peter rehra’ on Wednesday evening, killing 11 people.
The bus driver, who has been identified as Manjit Singh, a resident of Tarsikka, has been booked under Sections 304, 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC, in a case registered against him at Tarsikka police station, on the complaint of Jagir Singh, a resident of Kotli Dholeshah village.
However, the driver is yet to be arrested as he is absconding. Amritsar rural SSP Jasdeep Singh said teams had been constituted to look for the driver. He is likely to be arrested soon, he said. The accused was driving the speeding bus that rammed into the ‘peter rehra’ (gharuka) carrying 24 people, killing four people-three women and an unidentified girl child-on the spot and six others later.
Meanwhile, a day after the mishap, the death toll has risen to 11. The deceased have been identified as Ramandeep Kaur, a resident of Kotli Dholeshah village; Swaran Kaur and Jeet Kaur, both of Sidhwan village (who died on the spot along with an unidentified seven-year-old girl); and Sandeep Kaur; Jagdish Kaur; Aman; Mangal Singh; Jagir Kaur; and Maninder Kaur (who succumbed to injuries in hospital).
The injured have been identified as Sandeep Kaur of Kotli Dholeshah village, Jagdish Kaur of Sarhala village, Maninder Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Daljit Singh, Amriko, Sharanjit Kaur, Jagir Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Jashanpreet Singh, Pooja, Rajwinder Kaur, Nishan Singh, Kanwaljit Singh, Prakash Kaur, Jaswinder Kaur, Sonia and the driver of the ‘gharuka’.
Revenue minister Bikram Majithia, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar and deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat visited the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ramdass Charitable Hospital, Vallah, here to meet the injured.
Describing the incident as “unfortunate”, Majithia, who also visited the patients at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, assured them all necessary assistance from the government. Majithia said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of those killed in the mishap.
He said the CM and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had expressed grief over the incident. The minister asked SSP Jasdeep Singh to initiate strict action against the bus driver. Meanwhile, Makkar directed the Vallah hospital staff to provide free treatment to the injured.