Bhim Singh meets families of Nowshera bus mishap victims

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, Oct 4: National Panthers Party (NPP) chief patron and former legislator Prof Bhim Singh today paid visit to Rajpura Bhata and Kamila villages in Laam area of  Nowshera  today and met the family members of the victims who were washed away along with bus of a marriage party during recent floods in the area.
Prof Singh along with his party members reached Laam area today and condoled the death of 52 passengers (marriage party members) who were washed away in flooded nallah on Sept 5. The bodies of 14 are still missing.  Several families who lost their dear ones assembled at local Gurdwara at Rajpura Bhatta The surviving relatives of the victims narrated the horrifying tale of tragedy  and the circumstances which led to the most tragic accident in the region so far.
Prof Singh said that the surviving relatives of the victims demanded arrest of the bus driver, Judicial probe by the High Court judge, compensation to the families at par with other victims who lost their lives in this natural calamity in Kashmir and elsewhere. The local residents also blamed GREF for not covering a dump (Khada) over the culvert, which was main reason of mishap. The locals also alleged that not even a single minister from the Government has visited them. They claimed that for each victim, the families were paid Rs 1.50 lakh. They have not been paid any compensation from Union Government or the Insurance company.
The NPP leader also paid visit at the site of tragedy and expressed shock over the attitude of  Government who could not fix railing on the site of this small bridge.  Prof Singh demanded that Government should deploy divers to search for the remaining bodies  for digging at some places on the nallah bed.  He also assured these families that justice shall be done to them. He claimed that entire episode would be brought to the notice of Supreme Court of India.
Prof Singh demanded that there was no Government at all in the State and President of India must impose Governor’s rule in the State.
Meanwhile, on the appeal of Prof Bhim Singh, MACT activists ended their one month ongoing dharna at Talwara for the implementation of orders of Supreme Court  and J&K High Court to release the arrears of relief in favour of Jammu migrants at par with Kashmiri migrants.

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