A bus carrying students on excursion met with a fatal accident in Manipur’s Noney district killing at least 10 persons including six girl students and over 33 others injured on Wednesday.
The incident took place at around 11 a.m. along Old Cachar Road in Longsai area, when one of two buses, in which only girl students of Thambalnu Higher Secondary School, Yairipok Top Chingtha were on an excursion at Khoupum Valley of Noney district, skidded off and rolled down the road. According to police sources, the driver lost control and the bus rolled down the road. The other bus with boy students was moving behind the ill-fated vehicle.
Hospital sources said that the death toll was likely to increase as many of the injured were struggling for their lives with grievous injuries.
All the injured persons were evacuated to Imphal after administering first aids at Bishnupur district hospital and admitted at different hospitals in Imphal.
There were over 48 students and teachers along with some non-teaching staff (all female) in the ill-fated bus bearing registration number MN01- 2112.
State health minister Dr S Ranjan along with director of state health services also rushed to the spot and took stock of the rescue operation. Host of ministers and MLAs including chief minister N Biren Singh also visited the hospitals in Imphal where the injured victims were admitted.
After visiting the hospitals, the chief minister expressed shock over the unfortunate incident.
Talking to reporters, Singh announced ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the family of deceased persons and financial assistance of Rs. one lakh to those grievously injured persons and Rs 50,000 to those with minor injury.
The state government will also bear the expenses of treatment of the injured persons being admitted at different hospitals.
Singh appreciated the swift response of villagers near the incident site to rescue the victims.
Govt bans school excursions till 10 January
Following the fatal accident, Manipur government on Wednesday issued a directive banning all school excursions till 10 January 2023.
The directive by the Directorate of Education states, “In view of a school bus accident due to morning fog or mist, schools should not conduct excursions till 10th Jan 2023 to avoid any untoward incidents”.
PM announces Rs.2 lakh ex gratia
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday expressed anguish over the death of students in the accident and announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia to the kin of each deceased under PM’s National Relief Fund.
“Anguished by the loss of lives… My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover soon,” Modi was quoted as saying in a tweet by his office.
He also said that the injured would be given Rs 50,000 each.