16 killed in UP bus mishap

16 killed in UP bus mishap

16 killed in UP bus mishap

 As many as 16 pilgrims, including children and women, were charred to death and scores of others injured, many of them seriously, when a bus collided with a stationary truck in Uttar Pradesh’s Baharaich district, about 250 kilometres from here on Friday night.

Police sources said the ill-fated bus, bound for the famous dargah of Syed Salar Masaud Ghazi in the district, caught fire almost immediately after the bus hit the truck as a gas cylinder kept inside exploded. “Many people broke open the windowpanes of the burning bus to come out,” said a police official.

The victims complained that the fire tenders took several hours to reach the spot as a result of which the bus continued to burn for a long time.

They also alleged that there were fire tenders at a nearby sugar mill but the mill management did not rush them to the rescue.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured.

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