GWALIOR: Thirteen people including twelve women were killed after a head-on collision between an auto rickshaw and a bus in Gwalior early on Tuesday. Four women were from the same family.
These women were returning after cooking food for children at an anganwadi centre located in Stone Park area – around 15 km from the district headquarters – when the mishap occurred at 5.30 am. Ten people including the auto driver died on the spot. Three women succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.
“They had gone in two auto rickshaws. An auto suffered a snag later, so they decided to return in a single auto. It’s very unfortunate. We are trying our best to help the aggrieved families,” said Kaushlendra Vikram Singh, Gwalior collector. The auto was registered in the name of Dharmendra Parihar. Bus driver escaped the spot after the incident.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakhs to each family. “I am saddened by the untimely loss of precious lives in the deadly collision between bus and auto in Gwalior. I pray to God to grant the departed souls a place at his feet and their relatives to bear this tragedy. Om Shanti!” chief minister tweeted. Member of Parliament Jyotiraditya Scindia also expressed grief at the mishap.
Police have registered a case for further investigations. Investigators suspect either the bus or the rickshaw driver must have fallen asleep while driving.
Transport minister Govind Singh Rajput issued orders to suspend the road transport officer (RTO) with immediate effect while the transport commissioner Mukesh Jain has ordered an inquiry into the mishap. State energy minister Pradhumn Singh Tomar reached the mortuary and met relatives of the deceased.
Deceased were identified Kamla Rathore, Geeta Rathore, 37, resident of Shiva Kalaini, Anita Pal, 37, Usha Rathore, 43 years, resident Shiv Kalaini, Asha Rathore, 45 years resident Gadaipura, Usha Jatav, 37 resident of Jaderuakalan, Rajendra, 40 years resident of Jaderuakalan, Mayadevi Prajapati, 65 years of Pinto Park, Hatka Bai, 65 years, Dharmendra, 35 years, Munni Pal, Guddi age 40 years and Lakshmi,27,.
Family members of the deceased protested at the hospital demanding Rs 10 lakhs compensation and job for their relatives. They said that in one of the cases, a woman who died has left behind a four-year-old son. His father died a few years ago. There is no one to take care of the child anymore, they said, requesting the government to arrange for his rehabilitation.