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Murshidabad Bus accident: Toll rises to 42 as 6 more bodies found in Gogra canal

The toll in the bus accident in Murshidabad district rose to 42 on Tuesday morning after six more bodies were fished out during a search operation.

Some of these bodies were found stuck on the waterbed and the others were floating, a senior official of the state administration said.

The passenger bus had rammed into the railing of a bridge and plunged into Gogra canal at Balirghat area of the district around 6 am on Monday.

The search operation that was called off on Monday night due to poor visibility resumed at 7 am on Tuesday morning, the official said.

“The search will continue until the time we are convinced that there are no bodies stuck anywhere,” he said.

Thirty-six bodies were fished out and eight people were rescued after nine hours of operations on Monday by deep divers of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Management personnel.

“We have so far managed to identify 35 persons. The bodies of the six unidentified persons are kept in the morgue of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. We have been receiving calls from relatives of passengers,” he added.

There is no confirmation on the total number of passengers travelling in the bus, but it could be around 50, Murshidabad District Magistrate (DM) P Ulaganathan told news agency PTI.

Those rescued are undergoing treatment at the Murshidabad hospital, he said.

“The district magistrate and senior police officers, including the SP, are monitoring the situation,” Ulaganathan added.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, along with state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari had rushed to the district on Monday to supervise rescue operations.

Banerjee had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the family of those killed in the accident, Rs 1 lakh for the critically injured and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

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