In another shocking incident, 44 pilgrims were feared dead in a gruesome bus accident in Uttarakhand on Thursday. All the pilgrims were from Orissa and were on board the ill-fated bus. The bus was on way from Badrinath to Jyotimath. The bus suddenly fell into the Alaknanda near Vishnuprayag in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
According to the report, when the bus, carrying more than 45 pilgrims, was on the way from badrinath to Jyotimath, the driver lost control on the bus. The driver could not control the speed of the bus while taking a sharp turn and it plummeted several hundred feet into the waters of Alaknanda.
The district administration reached at the site and recovered 44 bodies from Alaknanda River. According to the State Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre in Uttarakhand, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel, camping near the accident site, helped the district administration to recover the bodies of pilgrims from the Himalayan River.
Two people were seriously injured and they were sent to the Base Hospital at Srinagar Garhwal for treatment.
Later, Uttarakhand CM BC Khanduri has expressed deep sorrow and ordered the DM of Chamoli to grant Rs 50,000 to the relatives of the dead and Rs 25,000 to the injured as financial assistance.
Chamoli DM G S Gabriyal said:
The bus was returning from Badrinath and the driver apparently lost control while taking a sharp curve that propelled the bus into the Alaknanda river on Thursday evening. There were more than 45 passengers on board the bus.
Further, the district authority also tried to get details about the passengers from the travel agent who organized the bus journey for the pilgrims from Haridwar. The driver and the conductor of the bus were among the dead.