Chandigarh: Taking suo motu notice of the Amritsar school bus accident in which seven children were died and 20 others injured, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notice to the Punjab government seeking the details of the action taken by government. The high court has also directed to file the reply regarding the compensation amount to be given to the dependants of the deceased children.
Division Bench comprising Justice SS Saron and Justice Lisa Gill directed the Punjab government to file the report and to inform about the reasons of the accidents. The case would come up on Nov 8 for the next date of hearing.
It is mentioned that a school had fallen into a drain in Mahawa village near Indo-Pak border last month in which 7 children were killed and many others injured. The accident had occurred on September 21. The children were students of MKD DAV Public School situated near Attari’s Neshta village.
Eyewitnesses claim the bus hit a railing while crossing a bridge over the drain. The impact caused part of the bus to hang prompting panicked children to rush to the front of the bus. The bus remains hung for a few minutes before it fell into the water.
A farmer grazing his animals nearby had sound an alert, bringing residents from adjoining villages to the site of the accident and starting rescue operations.
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