#raigadbustragedy: Death stalks a school’s legacy; story of tragedy

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At least 33 employees of the Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth at Dapoli were dead after a mini bus carrying 34 people fell into a 800-ft gorge, off Ambenali ghat in Raigad district on Saturday morning. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

At least 33 employees of the Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth at Dapoli were dead after a mini bus carrying 34 people fell into a 800-ft gorge, off Ambenali ghat in Raigad district on Saturday morning. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 12:42 PM IST
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At least 30 bodies have been retrieved from the gorge where a bus packed with picnickers fell in Maharashtra’s Raigad district . (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

At least 30 bodies have been retrieved from the gorge where a bus packed with picnickers fell in Maharashtra’s Raigad district . (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

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Relatives of one of the victims, Jayant Chaugule mourn on his death at the rural hospital in the Raigad district. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

Relatives of one of the victims, Jayant Chaugule mourn on his death at the rural hospital in the Raigad district. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

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The bodies have been recovered and handed over to the relatives after completion of the due formalities. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

The bodies have been recovered and handed over to the relatives after completion of the due formalities. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

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As the gorge is over 500-feet deep and located off a slippery road, the search teams were finding it difficult to retrieve the bodies. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

As the gorge is over 500-feet deep and located off a slippery road, the search teams were finding it difficult to retrieve the bodies. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

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The search teams had initially managed to trace 14 bodies, but it took nearly six hours to pull out the other corpses because of the difficult terrain of the area which is surrounded by dense vegetation. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

The search teams had initially managed to trace 14 bodies, but it took nearly six hours to pull out the other corpses because of the difficult terrain of the area which is surrounded by dense vegetation. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

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The search operation was underway at Ambenali Ghat near Poladpur town, located around 180 km from here. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

The search operation was underway at Ambenali Ghat near Poladpur town, located around 180 km from here. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

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The police, fire brigade, teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local trekkers were making efforts to pull out all bodies from the accident spot. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

The police, fire brigade, teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local trekkers were making efforts to pull out all bodies from the accident spot. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 12:42 PM IST
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Mahabaleshwar trekker members take out bodies at the accident site where a bus carrying a group of staff members of an agriculture university, fell into a 500-ft gorge in the Konkan region, killing 33 passengers, in Raigad on Saturday. (PTI)

Mahabaleshwar trekker members take out bodies at the accident site where a bus carrying a group of staff members of an agriculture university, fell into a 500-ft gorge in the Konkan region, killing 33 passengers, in Raigad on Saturday. (PTI)

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SP Anil Paraskar had said the passengers were on their way to Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in Satara district in Western Maharashtra, when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn and it fell into the gorge. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

SP Anil Paraskar had said the passengers were on their way to Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in Satara district in Western Maharashtra, when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn and it fell into the gorge. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

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The lone survivor, Prakash Sawant, had said mud and loose stones on that particular stretch of the ghat road caused the bus tyres to skid. “The bus veered to the left and fell into the gorge before we could understand what was happening. Trees arrested the fall someway down. I had managed to jump out in time. I climbed my way up somehow.” When he reached the road, he saw a crowd. “One of them gave me a phone. I called up the police control room and informed them.” (HT PHOTO)

The lone survivor, Prakash Sawant, had said mud and loose stones on that particular stretch of the ghat road caused the bus tyres to skid. “The bus veered to the left and fell into the gorge before we could understand what was happening. Trees arrested the fall someway down. I had managed to jump out in time. I climbed my way up somehow.” When he reached the road, he saw a crowd. “One of them gave me a phone. I called up the police control room and informed them.” (HT PHOTO)

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The private bus was carrying 34 staff members of the Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth at Dapoli on a picnic when it fell into the 500-feet deep gorge at Ambenali Ghat on Saturday. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

The private bus was carrying 34 staff members of the Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth at Dapoli on a picnic when it fell into the 500-feet deep gorge at Ambenali Ghat on Saturday. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 12:42 PM IST
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The group of staff members who were travelling in the mini-bus, which later met with an accident. (PTI)

The group of staff members who were travelling in the mini-bus, which later met with an accident. (PTI)

UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 12:42 PM IST

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