Pauri Garhwal: Twenty Five people were killed in the Pauri Garhwal bus accident that took place on Tuesday night in the Birokhal area of Dhumakot in Uttarakhand, informed Deputy General of Police Ashok Kumar.
Police and SDRF rescued 21 people overnight and the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, he added. "Twenty Five people were found dead in the Pauri Garwhal bus accident that took place last night in the Birokhal area of Dhumakot. Police and SDRF rescued 21 people overnight; the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals," DGP Ashok Kumar told ANI.
Earlier on Tuesday, a bus carrying a wedding procession of 45 to 50 people fell into a gorge near Simdi village in Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal district.
"A wedding procession had left in a bus from here, Laldhang; an accident occurred. Information is being taken from the family members. A rescue operation is still underway by Pauri Police and SDRF at the spot," said Haridwar SP City Swatantra Kumar Singh.
"Around 40-42 people were on the bus, including women and children. We are in continuous touch with the Pauri police and villagers. So far, 15-16 people have been rescued and sent to the nearest hospital. No information on any deaths received yet," he had added.
President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have each offered their condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Pauri Garhwal bus accident in Uttarakhand district.
Taking to social media, Murmu said, "Deeply saddened by the accident of many casualties when the bus fell into the valley in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this accident. I wish the injured a speedy recovery." PM Modi also on Wednesday expressed his grief over the loss of lives in the accident.
"The bus accident in Pauri, Uttarakhand is heart-rending. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those who have been injured recover at the earliest. Rescue operations are underway. All possible assistance will be provided to those affected," PM Modi said.
Condoling the kin of the deceased, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the state government stands with the families.
"Heartbreaking news has been received of many casualties in the tragic bus accident near Simdi village of Pauri district. In the overnight relief and rescue operation, 21 passengers have been safely evacuated by SDRF and the local administration and sent to the hospital for treatment," Dhami said, adding that in this hour of grief, the government stands with the bereaved family members.
Earlier, Dhami took detailed information from the concerned officials about the incident during the review of the tragic bus accident.
Haridwar SP City Swatantra Kumar Singh had said earlier that the wedding party had left in a bus from Laldhang in the district and information about the accident was received later.