Varanasi flyover rubble not removed, row escalates over death toll

  • By TOI
  • | Wednesday | 16th May, 2018

But by midnight, chief minister Yogi Adityanath declared only 15 deaths during his media briefing at Varanasi circuit house. “We called off rescue operations only after all bodies were removed and injured rushed to hospitals. Chief project manager HC Tiwari and assistant project manager R Sudan, who were suspended on Tuesday, were questioned by the probe team. The PM announced ex gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each to kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those critically injured. The list of deceased released by the state government on Wednesday has only 15 names.

VARANASI: A day after a flyover crashed on a busy street in Varanasi, there was an uneasy calm at ground zero with mangled vehicles still trapped under rubble and residents fearing many bodies had not been extricated even though rescue operations were called off by midnight.The tragedy site — Lehartara-Cantonment railway station road — was cordoned off and traffic diverted to enable forensic teams to gather samples and probe agencies to zero in on the cause.

Divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal confirmed to TOI that wreckage was not removed to enable investigations, considering the stiff 48-hour deadline set by chief minister Yogi Adityanath to submit a report.Varanasi SSP RK Bhardwaj, however, scotched speculation of trapped bodies.

“We called off rescue operations only after all bodies were removed and injured rushed to hospitals.

The beams were partially lifted to extricate bodies and some vehicular parts may still be buried and visible.”The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is directly monitoring relief, follow-up and probe.

“Because the tragedy took place in the PM’s constituency, a senior bureaucrat has been posted at the camp office to provide constant updates and coordinate relief work,” said an official.

The PM announced ex gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each to kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those critically injured.

Every woman should be badly bruised & this video proves why


Stay updated with all the Varanasi Latest News headlines here. For more exclusive & live news updates from all around India, stay connected with NYOOOZ.
Advertisement

IPL 2018   

They bowled us over - Mumbai Indians

Related Articles