Kullu: At least 12 people are reported to have died and several others are injured in a morning bus accident near Shainshar in Sainj valley of Kullu district.
The private bus (HP 30A-0646) was on its way from Shainshar to Kullu when it veered off the road at about 8.30 a.m. and plunged into a deep valley. School children who had boarded the bus to reach school on time were among the accident victims.
Local residents were the first to reach the accident site and carry out relief operations. Later government rescue and relief teams also reached the site and the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur has ordered a magisterial probe into the cause of the accident. The Additional District Magistrate, Kullu has been assigned the probe.
Office of the Prime Minister has expressed grief about the loss of life and announced a compensation of Rs 2 Lakh each to those killed in the accident. The injured would get Rs 50 Thousand.
The bus accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh is heart-rending. In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2022
The Prime Minister’s office has tweeted that the families of those killed in the accident would receive a compensation of ? 2 lakh each.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said that Rs 5 lakh would be provided to the next of the kin of the deceased whereas Rs. 15,000 would be provided as immediate relief to each injured person. He said that free treatment would also be provided to the injured persons.