Bus blast toll 12; clashes continue
FOR THE second consecutive day today there were clashes between people and security police personnel in Kailaras town of Morena district where a cylinder exploded in the bus last evening killing at least 12 people. The administration today imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 as precautionary measure.india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 16:23 IST
FOR THE second consecutive day today there were clashes between people and security police personnel in Kailaras town of Morena district where a cylinder exploded in the bus last evening killing at least 12 people. The administration today imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 as precautionary measure.
The markets of Kailaras and Sabalgarh towns remained closed today as mark of protest. There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties. The officials figures indicating death of 12 persons, including the death of two persons who were referred to J A Hospital, Gwalior. They were identified as Lalaram (minor) and Nitu Bai of Morena.
JA Hospital superintendent Dr Ms Jyoti Bindal said that 21 burn injury cases and three more from Morena district hospital were referred and admitted here for treatment. Of the 24 patients, two have died and remaining are undergoing treatments under intense medical supervision. Their condition is critical as they have severe burns. The hospital has made special arrangements for them in a separate ward, she added.
A gas cylinder yesterday exploded within the packed vehicle, engulfing it in a blaze. In protest against the mishap, agitators pelted stones at police personnel for the second consecutive day and tear gas shells were lobbed in retaliation.
Official sources admitted that the situation was tense at Kailaras where demonstrations were staged.
State Minorities and Backward Classes Minister Rustam Singh, MP Agro-Industries Corporation chairman Munshilal, and legislators Gajraj Singh Sikarwar and Meharban Singh met patients and their relatives at Gwalior this morning.
The victims’ kin requested Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to announce ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh to each of the deceased’s families. Collector Amit Rathore and Superintendent of Police Ravi Gupta were camping at Kailaras where a sizeable police force has been deployed.