Bus catches fire in Bihar, 8 killed, 16 injured

Marco Green
May 27, 2017

At least 8 people have been killed and a dozen injured after a bus catches fire at Harnaut in Nalanda, Bihar on Thursday.

The injured have been admitted to Sadar Hospital.

Reports said the bus was on way to Sheikhpura from Patna when it caught fire in Harnaut areas of Nalanda district. A sudden blaze broke out and the passengers were caught in the flames.

Two children and seven adults were among the dead, the police said adding that ascertaining the identities of the dead was proving hard since the bodies were charred beyond recognition. However, few passengers did managed to get out of the bus in time.

Senior officials, among them Nalanda district magistrate S.M. Tyagrajan, had to face the ire of the local people and some of the survivors who alleged that the fire tender reached the site about an hour late.

Meanwhile, the Bihar governemtn has announcesd ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for the kin of each of the eight killed.

The driver of the bus is traceless since the mishap. Nalanda DM Thiyagrajan S M, Nalanda SP Kumar Ashish and local MLA Hari Narayan Singh were camping at the spot.

The entire bus was engulfed in flames, he said adding the cause of fire was yet to be ascertained.

This is the first such incident of a heavy passenger vehicle turning into an inferno in recent years in Bihar raising questions about the safety of passengers and maintenance of private carriers, which ply on different routes inside the state flouting norms of seating and booking cargo.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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