Murshidabad: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh for the kin of the deceased, who lost lives in an accident, where a bus fell off a bridge into the Bhairab River. Mamata Banerjee directs police officials to investigate the matter fully. She also announced ex-gratia for victims.
Earlier, A bus packed with around 55 riders crashed through a bridge and plunged into a river in West Bengal’s Murshidabad this morning. Four person has died and many remain missing.
As local people raced to the rescue, an angry crowd hit out at the police, accusing them of arriving late. Facing a stone-throwing mob, the police used tear gas shells and batons.
Around 6 am, the bus, from Nadia, was reportedly travelling at a high speed when the driver lost control while swerving to avoid another vehicle on the bridge in Daulatabad, about 220 km from Kolkata.
Four or five survivors pulled out of the river said the driver was talking on the phone when he lost control of the bus. The bus broke through the railing of the bridge, which was said to be old and dilapidated, and fell into the river. Some of the passengers swam to safety, said witnesses.
Locals rushed with small boats to rescue whoever they could. By the time the police arrived with cranes, a huge crowd had gathered. The crowd threw stones at the policemen, overturned police vehicles and even set two on fire. Fire engines were also targeted with stones. Police had to use teargas to disperse the angry mobs. People complained that there were no divers to help with the rescue.