Sunday, November 3, 2013

45 persons killed in Volvo Bus Accident in India 2013 October 30th

The bus, carrying more than 50 passengers, was travelling from Bangalore city to Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh's capital, when the incident happened early on Wednesday.


Seven people, including the driver, managed to escape the blaze.
Police say a collision with a culvert ignited the fuel tank of the vehicle.
The incident happened at Kothakota in Mahbubnagar district, 140km (86 miles) from Hyderabad, when the air-conditioned Volvo luxury bus hit a culvert, police said.
"The diesel tank burst and flames erupted. Before the passengers could realise what had happened, the blaze engulfed the entire bus," residents of the village were quoted as saying by The Hindu newspaper.
Most of the passengers were sleeping when the incident took place.
Seven people, including the driver and his assistant, broke the windows of the bus and managed to flee.
Relatives of passengers wail outside the office of a private bus operator, Jabbar Travels in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 after their bus crashed into a highway barrier and erupted in flames early WednesdayDistraught relatives of passengers wait outside the office of the company which ran the bus that caught fire on Wednesday
Local police spokesman Venkateshwarlu told the AFP news agency that the police had arrested the driver and his assistant who "tried to run [away]" after fleeing the blaze. Three other passengers were taken to a local hospital.
In 2008, more than 60 people died in a bus fire in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
The fire started when part of a faulty axle dropped on to the road and ruptured the bus's fuel tank.
More than 130,000 people died in road accidents in India in 2011, according to the government's National Crime Records Bureau.
Correspondents say that bus crashes are common in India and often caused by poorly maintained vehicles, overloading and reckless driving.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Muzaffarnagar violence: Death toll climbs to 38, curfew continues in riot-hit areas

Muzaffarnagar violence: Death toll reaches 38
Curfew on Tuesday remained in force in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar with the army patrolling troubled places as the death toll rose to 38. Over 360 people have been arrested in connection so far. Muzaffarnagar violence: Supreme Court agrees to hear PIL seeking CBI probe into communal clashes Muzaffarnagar violence: Akhilesh asks officials to make arrangement for treatment of injured SP unfazed by Azam Khan?s absence in party?s national executive meet Curfew relaxed in Muzaffarnagar, constable injured in Baghpat Political parties could be behind Muzaffarnagar violence, says Shinde The Home Secretary said that no fresh incident has been reported and the situation is under control. Curfew in three police station areas of Muzaffarnagar - Civil Lines, Kotwali and Nai Mandi - was continuing and Army was patrolling the troubled areas in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Meerut, Saxena said. Prohibitory orders are being enforced strictly and a strict watch is being maintained on mischievous elements. FIRs were on Monday registered against BJP legislative party leader Hukum Singh, MLAs Suresh Rana, Bhartendu, Sangeet Som and former Congress MP Harendra Malik among others for violating prohibitory orders and some of the senior leaders who tried to go to Muzaffarnagar, including Union Minister Ajit Singh. The injured are undergoing treatment in various hospitals and the affected people have been shifted to safer places. The government has constituted a one-member Judicial Commission headed by (retd) Justice Vishnu Sahai to probe into the Muzaffarnagar violence. Tension has been running high since three persons were killed in Kawal village on August 27 over an eveteasing incident. The violence had occurred as a meeting was being held in Naglabadhod in defiance of prohibitory orders to demand withdrawal of cases registered in connection with August 27 violence in Kawal. Concerned over the incidents, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday spoke to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and assured him of all assistances from the Centre to deal with the situation.
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Muzaffarnagar violence: UP Governor sends report to Centre


Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi has sent his report on the Muzaffarnagar violence, in which 28 persons were killed, to the Centre, official sources said on Monday.

UP Governor sends report to Centre
UP Governor sends report to Centre

The report has been sent to the Centre on Sunday itself, a senior official said. In the report, the Governor has cited the sequence of events beginning August 27, when three persons were killed in Kawal town of Muzaffarnagar over an incident of eve-teasing.
  
Sources said Joshi has also stated other details regarding administrative lapses as well as the situation prevailing in the town presently. Curfew has been imposed in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar in the wake of the violence.

Death toll reaches 28, curfew remains in force
Curfew remained in force in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar where the death toll climbed to 28. Over 200 persons were arrested and around 1000 persons, including four BJP MLAs and a former Congress MP were booked for inciting violence.

Under fire over the violence, the Uttar Pradesh government transferred Saharanpur DIG DD Mishra and SHO, Phugana, Omveer. Violence-hit Muzaffarnagar falls in Saharanpur range.

"The death toll in the violence has reached 28 so far. SHO, Phugana, Omveer has been removed from the post as most of the violence was witnessed in the area...We are also cancelling arms licenses in Phugana, Shahpur, Dhaurakalan as they were misused during the violence,” ADG, Law and Order, Arun Kumar told reporters in Muzaffarnagar.

He said FIRs have been registered against BJP legislative party leader Hukum Singh, MLAs Suresh Rana, Bhartendu, Sangeet Som and former Congress MP Harendra Malik for violating prohibitory orders.

Cases have been registered against a total of 1000 persons including some people who are yet to be identified, he said. Meanwhile, UP Governor BL Joshi has sent his report on the Muzaffarnagar violence to the Centre, official sources said in Lucknow. The report was sent on Sunday.

In the report, the Governor has cited the sequence of events beginning on August 27, when three persons were killed in Kawal town of Muzaffarnagar over an incident of eveteasing. Sources said the Governor has also stated other details regarding the administrative lapses as well as the situation prevailing in the town.

Kumar said no violence was reported in the district after Sunday midnight. Secretary Home, Kamal Saxena said that 45 injured persons are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Muzaffarnagar. He said the situation in Muzaffarnagar was under control, adequate force has been dispatched and senior officers were camping there.

Army had on Sunday staged a flag march in the troubled district and surrounding areas. Over 200 persons have been arrested in connection with the violence, Saxena said. "As it (violence) is going on in several villages, it is taking time to defuse the situation," Kumar said.

Curfew remained in force in Civil Lines, Kotwali and Nai Mandi town areas of the district. Officials said apart from army, 10,000 Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel, 1300 CRPF men and 1200 Rapid Action Force personnel have been deployed.
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Eleven killed in road accident in Jaunpur


 At least 11 people were killed in a road accident in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday night around 11.00 pm after a jeep carrying a group of people skidded from a bridge and fell into Sai River in Jalalpur area.
The victims were brought to a local hospital in the wee early morning hours on Saturday (March 02) where eleven of them were declared dead.
"At about 12.40 am (local time) all the victims of the accident were brought in. Four of them were brought in injured condition. While one of them succumbed to his injuries, the other three were given treatment.
Ten people had already died on the spot. So a total of eleven people have died," said S. P. Narayan, a doctor at the local hospital.
Narayan also informed that two of the injured persons have been shifted to a hospital in the nearby city of Varanasi as their condition was critical.
After the postmortem the bodies were handed over to their family members.
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Sad story of aircraft crashes and politicians Press Trust Of India

Sad story of aircraft crashes and politicians 
 Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu's death in a helicopter crash adds another sad chapter to the story of politicians who have died in chopper and airplane accidents in the country over the past several decades. The tragedy is a grim reminder of the deaths in aerial crashes involving Indian politicians - YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Sanjay Gandhi, Madhavrao Scindia, GMC Balayogi, S Mohan Kumaramangalam, OP Jindal, Surendra Singh, Dera Natung and C Sangma. Some also had a narrow escape in aerial accidents in a country where helicopters are frequently used to ferry VIPs and where helicopter is a major mode of transport in the North East. Sad story of aircraft crashes and politicians Khandu's death adds another chapter to the story of politicians who have died in aerial crashes. The previous air accident which claimed the life of a politician was the crash of a helicopter in which Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy was onboard. The chopper of the senior Congress leader, popularly known as YSR, crashed in a forest while flying in a Bell 430 to Chitoor district in Andhra Pradesh. His body was traced 27 hours after the helicopter went missing on September 3, 2009. Perhaps one of the first Indian political leaders to die in a plane crash was freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose - on Aug 18, 1945 in present day Taiwan. But many insist to this day that he survived. Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was killed when a glider he was flying crashed soon after taking off from the Safdarjung airport in Delhi on June 23, 1980. Madhavrao Scindia, a senior Congress leader and a former union cabinet minister, was killed in a Cessna aircraft crash on September 30, 2001 while travelling to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh to address a public rally. Lok Sabha Speaker and Telugu Desam leader G M C Balayogi died in a chopper crash on March 3, 2002 in Andhra Pradesh. Balayogi was in a Bell 206 helicopter. An official probe ruled that the crash was caused when the pilot, unable to continue due to poor visibility, mistakenly landed on a pond thinking it was a land surface. Mohan Kumaramangalam, from the Congress, died in an Indian Airlines plane crash in 1973 near New Delhi. OP Jindal, Haryana's then power minister and a noted industrialist, and state agriculture minister Surendra Singh were killed when the chopper carrying them developed a technical snag and went down near Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on March 31, 2005. Arunachal Pradesh education minister Natung was killed in a helicopter crash in May 2001. Sangma, the then Meghalaya community development minister, three legislators and six others were killed in a helicopter crash in September 2004. Punjab governor Surendra Nath and nine members of his family were killed when the government's Super-King aircraft crashed into high mountains in bad weather on July 9, 1994 in Himachal Pradesh. Nath was then acting Himachal governor also. But many were lucky. Former Prime Minister Morarji Desai famously escaped when his special aircraft crashed in Assam in November 1977. PK Thungon, who was the then Arunachal Pradesh chief minister and was accompanying him, also survived.
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15 killed, 24 injured in Uttar Pradesh bus accident

 UP: 15 killed, 24 injured in bus accident
Amroha: At least 15 people were killed and 24 others injured, two of them critically, when a bus rammed into a tree on Amroha-Joya road in the wee hours of Monday. The incident took place at around 2 AM when the overloaded bus coming from Haridwar was on its way to Kamalpura village in Sambal district, police said. While 13 persons were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to injuries in a hospital. All the victims belong to an extended family and were returning from Haridwar after attending a 'mundan' ceremony. Shakeel Ahmed, ASP, J P Nagar said, "Investigation and rescue work are on". The driver fled from the accident spot. The injured are admitted in Amroha and Moradabad government hospitals. - See more at: http://post.jagran.com/15-killed-24-injured-in-Uttar-Pradesh-bus-accident-1340597172#sthash.qy0w5THn.dpuf
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DGCA orders an inquiry into the crash of a Pawan Hans helicopter


DGCA 300x199 DGCA orders an inquiry into the crash of a Pawan Hans helicopter
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA, has ordered an inquiry into the crash of a Pawan Hans helicopter in Arunachal Pradesh. Officials in New Delhi said a high level team of DGCA officers led by Director General E K Bharat Bhushan will visit the accident site today.
Seventeen people were killed and six seriously injured in a helicopter crash in Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. The MI-172 Pawan Hans helicopter with 23 people on board caught fire and crashed into a gorge while landing at Tawang. The helicopter fell from a height of 15 metres.
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Centre forms panel to probe Tawang chopper crash in arrunachal pradesh


This April 19, 2011 photos shows a Pawan Hans chopper crashing into a gorge while landing in Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh. A Committee of Inquiry has been appointed to probe the crash, which claimed 17 lives.
PTI This April 19, 2011 photos shows a Pawan Hans chopper crashing into a gorge while landing in Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh. A Committee of Inquiry has been appointed to probe the crash, which claimed 17 lives.
The government has appointed a Committee of Inquiry to probe the circumstances of the Pawan Hans helicopter crash at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on April 19 that claimed the lives of 17 people.
The committee, headed by Air Marshal (Retd.) P.P. Rajkumar, will have Air Commodore (Retd.) Rai Krishan and Wing Commander (Retd.) Rabinder Singh as members. M.J. Singh, Deputy Director of Air Safety, will be the secretary.
The panel, which will also take the help of experts and agencies, if need be, will have its headquarters here. It will submit its report to the Central government within three months, says an official release here.
Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. has announced an interim compensation of Rs. 1 lakh for those killed and Rs. 50,000 for the injured. Final compensation shall, however, be determined as per law.
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17 killed as copter falls into gorge


Army personnel and villagers having a look at the remains of a Pawan Hans helicopter which crashed in Tawang on Tuesday. Photo: Special Arrangement
Army personnel and villagers having a look at the remains of a Pawan Hans helicopter which crashed in Tawang on Tuesday. Photo: Special Arrangement
People watch after a Pawan Hans chopper, with 23 people on board, crashed into a gorge while landing in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: PTI
PTIPeople watch after a Pawan Hans chopper, with 23 people on board, crashed into a gorge while landing in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.




Second such crash in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh


In one of the worst helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, 17 persons, including three crew members, were killed and six injured when it caught fire and plunged into a gorge in Tawang city on Tuesday.

The Pawan Hans Mi-17 copter was flying to Tawang from the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and had taken off at 12.45 p.m., agency sources said.

Pilots Captain Varun Gupta and Captain A.K. Tiwari were scheduled to land at the Tawang civil helipad at 1.20 p.m. It caught fire, broke into pieces and crashed into a gorge close to the helipad around 1.57 p.m., the sources said.

Six survive

Two crew members and four passengers survived with grievous injuries, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Gamlin Padu said.

The injured were rushed to the civil hospital at Tawang and would be airlifted to Guwahati on Wednesdays, the Deputy Commissioner said.

This is the second helicopter crash in Tawang district bordering China.

On November 19 last, an Indian Air Force Mi-17 chopper crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 12 on board.

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12 killed in IAF helicopter crash


TRAGEDY AT TAWANG: Army personnel look for survivors at the site of an IAF helicopter crash on the outskirts of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.


An Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-17 helicopter crashed at Bomdir near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, killing all 12 defence personnel on board. The victims included an Army official of the rank of lieutenant colonel and 11 IAF personnel, including two pilots.
IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Ranjib Sahoo, based in the Eastern Air Command headquarters in Shillong, told The Hindu that all the bodies have been retrieved from the crash site, about 10 km from Tawang.
A court of inquiry has been ordered.
Defence sources said the chopper, bound for Guwahati, crashed minutes after it took off from the helipad of the Army Brigade Headquarters in Tawang at 12.04 p.m. It was on an air maintenance sortie
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