“Government will bear the Medical expense; Cash relief of Rs. 5 lakhs for the deceased, 1 Lakh for those with serious injury, and 50 Thousand for those with minor injury” – CM N Biren
Imphal, Dec 21:
At least 8 (eight) students (all girls including a teacher) died and several others were injured in a tragic bus accident on Old Cachar road in Bishnupur district today morning.
All deceased and victims of the accident were students of the Thambalnu Higher Secondary School, Yairipok Top Chingtha in Imphal East. The students along with their teachers and non-teaching staff of the school were on their way to Leimatak along the Old Cachar road for an annual study tour in two buses – one for boys and male staff and another for girl and women staff.
According to first hand report from the Raj Medicity 26 injured were admitted to the hospital among which condition of 5 including the principal of the are in critical and have been undergoing treatment at ICU. 14 are undergoing treatment at RIMS hospital.
As per a report, the tragic accident happened at around 10.30 am this morning after the steering of the bus allegedly failed while taking a road diversion near Leimatak in-between Joujangtek and Tubul in Bishnupur district. The rolled upside down crushing all the passenger portion, which suggested the speed of the bus while making the diversion. Altogether 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. The other bus carried male students and staff, reports said.
Villagers of the nearby area have a hard time trying to rescue those caught inside the bus. According to report 5 (five) students died on the spot while (3) three succumbed at Bishnupur district hospital. Others sustained serious injuries and the villagers and passers-by tried their best to rescue them. Those injured were immediately rushed to Hospitals in Imphal in available vans and other vehicles. 9 Ambulance also reportedly reached the spot.
Our report said that 26 injured students, teachers, and non-teaching staff have been admitted at Raj Medicity hospital at North AOC here in Imphal. Condition of 5 are reported to be in critical condition suggesting that the number of casualties may rise. Around 14 of the injured have been admitted at RIMS, and some injured students and teachers have been undergoing treatment at Bishnupur district hospital.
Shocking videos of villagers helplessly trying to rescue those inside the bus showed humanity still exists disregarding caste, creed, and communities of the state.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Health Minister Sapam Ranjan and other top government officials MLAs and Ministers visited at Raj Medicity and RIMS where the injured were undergoing treatment.
Shocked with the tragic accident, Chief Minister N. Biren singh ahile sharing the pain and sorrow of the victims of the road accident announced ex-gratia and monetary assistant.
“Government will bear the Medical expense; Cash relief of Rs. 5 lakhs for the deceased, 1 Lakh for those with serious injury, and 50 Thousand for those with minor injury” Chief Minister N. Biren Sing announced while talking to media at Raj Medicity.