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Three pilgrims killed, 27 injured in bus accident near Bahergora in Jharkhand

Twenty seven other passengers were injured in the accident . The bus was carrying about 60-65 Kanwariyas.

ranchi Updated: Aug 24, 2018 15:47 IST
Debashish Sarkar
Debashish Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur
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A bus carrying Kanwariyas met with an accident on NH-6 near Baheragora in Jharkhand, leaving three persons dead and 27 other pilgrims injured. (Manoj Kumar/ HT Photo )

Three persons - two women and a 5-year-old boy - were killed when a bus carrying pilgrims overturned at Jamshola border on NH-6 near Baheragora under East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, officials said on Thursday.

Twenty seven other passengers were injured in the accident . The bus was carrying about 60-65 Kanwariyas.

“Two of the Kanwariyas were brought dead here (Jamshedpur) while two critically injured were referred to Tata Main Hospital (TMH). Thirteen of the injured have been admitted while 12 others have been released after first-aid. Seven-eight persons have sustained fractures and bone injuries and are being treated. Two injured referred to TMH are Loha Patel and Raj Kumar Shaw,” said Dr SN Jha, superintendent, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH), Jamshedpur.

Ghatsila sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Rajendra Kumar Dubey said the accident occurred at around 1 am when the bus driver lost control after one of the axels broke down. Fifty-year-old Tara Devi died on the spot while 45-year-old Chandrawati Devi and 5-year-old Mandip Kumar were declared brought dead here at the MGMMCH.

“We were all sleeping and suddenly woke up to a thunderous sound and commotion after the front axle of the bus broke down, resulting in the bus overturning,” said Vishwanath Kushwaha, husband of Chandrawati Devi.

Mandip’s mother Babita Devi said all the pilgrims hailed from Bhawanipore police station area in Motihari district of Bihar.

“We started from Bhawanipore on August 16 and after offering puja at Vaidyanath Dham in Deogarh, went to Puri in Odisha. We were heading for our home en route to Rajgir when the accident occurred,” she said, tears rolling down her cheeks.

According to the injured, they had dinner at Odisha border – 60 km away from the accident site – last night and were going towards Rajgir in Bihar. When the bus reached NH-6 near Bageragora around 1am, the driver suddenly applied the brake seeing a deep ditch on the road and lost control. They were later told that the front axel was broken due to the impact and the bus overturned.

Jharkhand food supply minister and local MLA Saryu Rai, Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer (SDO) Madhvi Mishra and East Singhbhum civil surgeon Dr Maheswar Prasad also visited MGMMCH and enquired about the condition of the injured and directed MGMMCH authorities to ensure proper medical care.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 15:46 IST