Uttarakhand Bus Accident: IAF to Flown Bodies of Pilgrims to MP

Guwahati: The bodies of pilgrims killed in a bus accident in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district will be flown to Madhya Pradesh by Indian Air Force (IAF) planes.

This was informed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday.

It should be noted that the deceased pilgrims were from the Panna district of Madhya Pradesh.

Speaking with ANI, Chouhan said that the bodies will be moved from Uttarakhand’s Dehradun to MP’s Khajuraho following a post-mortem. Government teams from Madhya Pradesh will transport them to four different villages across the state. Chouhan further informed that all of the dead were found last night and that a post-mortem had been performed on them.

Chouhan also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for the government’s ongoing support.

Meanwhile, Chouhan has also offered ex-gratia payments of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured as well as free treatment for the four badly injured including the driver.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed his sorrow over the catastrophe and went to the secretariat’s disaster control room to assess the relief and rescue efforts. In addition, the chief minister has ordered a magisterial investigation into the incident.

Officials said today that 26 people have been confirmed dead with four more gravely injured following the search and rescue operations.

A total of 26 persons have been confirmed dead after a bus carrying pilgrims from Panna district in Madhya Pradesh fell into a gorge near Damta in Uttarkashi district on Sunday.

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