Berhampur, September 5 (LocalWire): The tragic bus accident near Raipur in Chhatisgarh claimed the life of the only son of 50-year-old Raju Mahankuda of Sundarapur in Ganjam district.
The old man along with his family members wept inconsolably when one of his friends in the village, who was also travelling in the ill-fated bus to Surat telephoned him about his death.
“He boarded the bus on Friday from Aska after travelling from Chhatrapur in an auto. I could not believe my son was no more on the next day,” said Raju, an ailing person.
Sameer Mahankuda, 17, along with seven others was killed when the Surat bound bus met with an accident near Chhatrapur.
“After returning from Surat in the month of May amid the pandemic, I advised him not to go again Gujarat and to do some other work here. But he wanted to go there to earn more,” said Raju.
“At the time of seeing him, I advised him to look after his health. But God took away my bread-earner,” said his mother.
Sameer, who had been working in a textile mill at Surat for about one year, returned to the village on May 25 amid the outbreak of pandemic.
With the invitation of the mill-owner, he was going to Surat in the bus, the travel expenditure of which was borne by the mill owner.
“He had not gone in the bus earlier. As there was no train, when the mill owner arranged for the bus for his travel, he boarded the bus,” said Udaya Nath Gouda, father of Biswanath, 28, of Ghatakuri who died in the accident.
Around 75 persons from different areas of Ganjam were in the bus, which was carrying them to Surat in Gujarat when the vehicle collided with a truck at about 3.30 am.
The bus belonging to Gujarat left from Aska at about 11 am on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Biswanath Gouda (28) of Ghatakuri (Aska), Sushant Swain (40) of Bori, Narayan Guru (27) of Baghuapalli (Gangapur), Sameer Mahakuda (17) of Sundarapur (Chhatrapur), Kailash Jena (28) of Badiambagaon (Hinjili) and Kaiash (36) of Ashapuri, Surat in Gujarat.
The identities of the other two persons has not been ascertained, so far.
“We are in touch with Chhatisgarh police to identify the other deceased persons,” said SP (Ganjam) Brijesh Rai. The injured persons were undergoing treatment at a hospital at Raipur and their condition was stated to be stable, sources said.
Meanwhile, the district administration has made arrangements to bring back the bodies to their respective villages.
Ganjam district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange said that he has asked the regional transport officer (RTO) Ganjam to contact his counterpart RTO Raipur to arrange the ambulances to bring back the dead bodies to the villages.