Etah: At least 24 school children were killed and several others injured when a school bus collided with a truck in Aliganj area of the district here today.
The accident occurred due to dense fog in the area.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his heartiest condolence on the loss of lives in the road accident.
Taking to micro-blogging site twitter, Mr Modi said,” Anguished by tragic accident in UP’s Etah. I share the pain of the bereaved families & condole passing away of young children. I pray that those injured in the accident in Etah recover at the earliest.”
UP Director General of Police (DGP) Javeed Ahmed confirmed that more than 24 children were killed in the accident.
“Priority is to rescue trapped children. Rescue operation is underway. Strict action will be taken against the school,” Mr Ahmed told reporters in Lucknow.
The DGP said school was open against the district administration’s order to close schools due to cold weather.
Police sources said that the school bus of J S Public school collided with a sand-laden truck near Asadpur village on Aligang-Dariyapur road.
Most of the children died on the spot while 30 were injured who have been rushed to the hospital.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed deep grief over the death of children in the bus accident.
The CM directed the Divisional Commissioner and other officials to provide immediate free medical treatment to the injured children .
Mr Yadav also asked the district officials to probe how the school was open when all the institutions have been closed due to cold wave conditions.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his condolence on the deaths.
Etah District Magistrate Shambhu Nath Yadav said a probe has been ordered to find out how the school was open despite holiday been declared for all schools. “Holidays were declared from January 18 to January 21 in all the schools. But it has to be probed why the school was opened and small children were asked to go to the school”, the DM said.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.