Three persons, including two women, were burnt alive and nine others suffered burn wounds when a high tension electricity wire fell on a bus in Erwakatra area of Auraiya district on 27-07-2014. The chief minister has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of deceased and ordered suspension of the junior engineer of the power department. The tragedy occurred while the bus was on its way to Auraiya from Chhibramau area in Kannauj. The injured persons have been admitted to the district hospital and nearby private hospitals.
The residents of the area watched the tragic accident helplessly till the supply to the high tension wire was cut off. The rescue operation began after supply was disconnected.
The incident led to protests by the people. The agitators started throwing stones on the passing vehicles and police.
The incident took place around 10 am. "The bus driver tried to reverse the vehicle when it hit an electricity pole and the high tension wire fell on it. The vehicle then caught fire," circle officer Rajiv Kumar said.
Two bodies have been identified so far. The identification of other bodies is going on. The relatives and family members of passengers have arrived. The bodies of Jeevani Devi (50) and Kamla Devi (40) have been handed to their family members. Efforts are on to identify the third body.
District magistrate Mala Srivastava and other officials rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operation. "The ADM City would conduct a probe. The ARTO had been asked to check the papers of the bus to find out whether it had a permit," Srivastava said.
Sources informed that around 50 passengers were travelling in the bus when the incident took place.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of those who died and Rs 50,000 for the injured persons. He directed to extend best possible medical aid to those undergoing treatment at the hospital.