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.