As many as 52 passengers were killed and several injured after an overcrowded state-run bus fell into a valley in Telangana’s Jagtial district on Tuesday, according to initial reports. The police said most of the victims were women. Earlier reports said 40 people were killed.
The incident took place between 11.45 am and noon when the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation bus carrying betweeen 60 and 65 people from Kondagattu to Jagtial skidded off a ghat road near Shanivarapet village, about 200 km from Hyderabad. The bus had the capacity to accommodate only 54 people, the police said.
It is suspected that the bus driver lost control over the vehicle near a speed breaker, resulting in the accident. The officer said 31 bodies have been identified.
"The bodies will be handed over to the families after postmortem," another police official said.
Expressing his shock over the incident, Telangana caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced financial aid of Rs five lakh to the family of each deceased. A CMO release said the chief minister also asked officials to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured.
Expressing grief over the loss of life in the mishap, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the deceased.